Westwood again is one putt from a playoff

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Two years. Two putts to get into a playoff. Two misses for Lee Westwood.

After playing an astonishing shot from a deep fairway bunker at the final hole at Turnberry on Sunday, the 36-year-old Englishman left himself with a long birdie putt he thought he needed to stay in contention for the Open.

At last year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, he failed to sink a putt on the final green to miss out on the title. On Sunday, he watched Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff after shooting a 1-over 71 in the final round.

At Torrey Pines, Westwood had a 15-footer to force a playoff with Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. He left it short.

"Both are pretty sickening, but obviously this is the Open championship and it's the one that means the most to me," Westwood said. "Third place is not to be sniffed at in a major championship. But (the feeling is) disappointment, really."