High fives for Lee and Louis
Article posted: 26 August 2012
Hopefully I’ll get some confidence from this one and keep playing well for the rest of the year
Lee Westwood achieved his best result since the US Open, finishing alongside Louis Oosthuizen in tied fifth at the Barclays.
Following rounds of 69, 72 and 68, the world number four closed with a one under 70 at New York’s Bethpage State Park to finish five under par.
Competing in his first FED-Ex Playoffs, where points are worth five times what they are usually, Westwood earned 481 points to move to 27th in the standings.
Oosthuizen, who was also one under, rose to 21st, while Charl Schwartzel finished tied 25th on one under.
In Scotland, Fredrik Andersson Hed shone on the final day of the Johnnie Walker Championship, firing a sublime seven under 65 to tie for third at Gleneagles.
Andersson Hed made an eagle and seven birdies, including four in his final five holes, to finish on 11 under and achieve his best result of the year.
"Of course, I’m really happy," he said. "I was struggling a bit with my swing coming here, but I went back to an old swing reel and it seemed to work I’m hitting the ball really well.
"There’s been some decent results this season, I wouldn’t say good. But hopefully I’ll get some confidence from this one and keep playing well for the rest of the year.
"[The result] will help me out in the rankings and self-confidence as well."
Romain Wattel endured a topsy-turvy fourth round, but demonstrated his battling qualities to sign for a level par 72. He joined his ISM stablemate in tied third.
Gregory Bourdy also closed with a 72. The Frenchman was tied 15th on seven under.
Richard Finch recaptured the form he demonstrated on Thursday and Friday, carding a four under 68 to finish in tied 19th on six under.
Like Finch, Chris Wood shot a 68 to close on five under. David Howell, Scott Pinckney and Matt Nixon were four, three and two under respectively.