The 144th Open: Westwood finishes out of the running at St Andrews

England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife.''17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow.''� Jane Barlow 2015 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324
England's Lee Westwood on the 5th tee during the second round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 17, 2015 in St Andrews, Fife.''17 July 2015. Picture by Jane Barlow.''� Jane Barlow 2015 {all rights reserved}'janebarlowphotography@gmail.com'm: 07870 152324
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Lee Westwood’s low key Open Championship came to an end early on Monday afternoon, with the Worksop golfer well out of the running.

His final round of 71, one under par, left him four under for the tournament.

It was his 70th attempt to land a first ever major title, but in truth he was never in contention.

Before the tournament the 42-year-old told the Express that golf had not been a priority in his life due to personal issues that had drawn much tabloid speculation.

He eemed in high spirits at points during the weekend however.

Westwood provided a humourous Twitter commentary during Saturday’s long delay due to high winds, and made light of the boredom that was setting in during a televised interview, in which he said he had been: “Sitting, eating, drinking coffee, sitting, eating, and drinking more coffee.”

But there was little joy for Westwood on the course.

Despite moving to four under on Thursday, he dropped three shots in the final three holes to card a 71.

Friday’s play was delayed by overnight rain, meaning Westwood was on the 15th, at three under overall, when fading light forced him off the course.

And after just 32 minutes of action on Saturday, the weather took centre stage once more, strong winds halting the tournament.

Westwood was finally able to resume his second round on Saturday evening, but things went downhill quickly.

A double bogey at 16 was followed by another dropped shot at 17 – but crucially he made par on 18 to sneak passed the cut line at level par.

The third round, traditionally known as moving day, saw some movement from Westwood, but not enough.

He carded a three under round of 69, but there was some stellar scoring going on and he began his final round nine shots behind the leaders.

Monday’s 71 wasn’t enough to push him more than a couple of places up the leaderboard.

Fellow Nottingham Forest fan Greg Owen, of Mansfield, finished seven under for the tournament.