Lee Westwood knows it isn't always best to go for the flags at Augusta National. Westwood, the world's No. 2-ranked player, said he has come to understand it takes patience to play the course correctly. It's about discipline and sometimes playing away from the flag and being happy with a 25- or 30-foot putt up the hill.
There has been too much time between majors for Lee Westwood, who keeps flirting with that elusive first major title. His streak of playing in 17 consecutive major championships ended at August's PGA Championship, and it has been nearly nine months since Westwood played in a major.
If anyone was suited to offer words of encouragement to Lee Westwood on Sunday after he lost the final-round lead at the Masters, it was the man who usurped him, Phil Mickelson.