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Lee Westwood liked the way his game came around as his week progressed at Firestone. (Franklin/Getty Images)

Westwood upbeat about his chances heading to Hazeltine

A ninth-place finish at Hazeltine gave Lee Westwood his fourth straight top-10, and his final-round 65 at Firestone has the Englishman thinking that this could be the week he wins that elusive first major.

CHASKA, Minn. (PA) -- Lee Westwood arrived in Minnesota for the PGA Championship confident he is in the form to finally land a first major title.

The European Ryder Cup stalwart has come agonizingly close to major success in recent years, finishing third at the 2008 U.S. Open and tied for third at last month's Open Championship -- missing out on a playoff by one stroke on both occasions.

A final-round 65 on Sunday in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational earned the Englishman ninth place for his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. And shooting his lowest round of the week in Ohio has given him the perfect lift heading to Hazeltine National.

"I have got better as this week has gone on so I am looking forward," Westwood said on Sunday. "It is the last major of the year and having come so close at the Open Championship, I will try and put that right next week and get the 'W' as they say over here."

Westwood said he was pleased to have got his putter going on the way to his 65 at Firestone.

"I just kept playing the way I had been playing all week," he said. "I hit a lot of good shots, hit it close a lot and was unlucky not to make hole in one at the 12th - it just lipped out and I left it on the edge.

"But the key was that I made a couple more putts -- that is what has been lacking,” he explained. "The first day I came out, and that was really where I let myself down this week. I made seven birdies that day and only shot 1 under par.

"That was sloppy golf, but I tend to do that when I have had a couple of weeks off and a break. I get a bit jaded and I didn't make enough of all those birdies on the opening day,” he added. "That is why I am only 5 under par at the end of the week."
 

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