• The Masters, Round Four: What They Said

What They Said: Westwood angered by putting woes

ESPN staff
April 8, 2012
Tiger Woods: 'I get out there and just don't trust [my technique]' © Getty Images

Masters 2012: Plays of the Day

Tiger Woods, who finished with a 74 to end up five over: "I just didn't hit the ball very good this week - my short game was great. I didn't drive it well or hit my irons very good. I know what to do, it's just a matter of doing it. Unfortunately I get out there and just don't trust it. Gotta do more rounds."

Lee Westwood finished at eight under, two off the duo in a play-off. "I'm only two out of winning it. Nothing's dropped for me today. The putt on 18 is the longest I've holed and that was from about 10 feet. It's the weakness of my game and it's costing me tournaments. It's frustrating. I work hard on my putting but I can't seem to turn it around but when I do I know I'll win. It's a case of grinding away and finding the key and then it will all slip into place."

Phil Mickelson ended on the same score at Westwood, and rued a triple-bogey at four: "That's where it went away [on the fourth] and I don't know what else I would have done differently. I've got to go left, I didn't mean for it to hit the stand but then I didn't have a chance for an unplayable lie. After that, I didn't feel like I made any mistakes but I didn't make anything happen. There were a lot of roars with all the eagles and birdies going in and it was exciting. It was fun having a chance and I felt I had a chance all the way through 17."

Peter Hanson, also eight under: "It was a pretty tough day and I got off to a pretty bad start. I was struggling with the speed on the greens and I got a bit defensive with putter. Bit of nerves but enjoyed playing with Phil [Mickelson] but unfortunately it didn't work out. I made some small mistakes and missed a few putts. I'm a little disappointed but when I think back it will have been a great week."

Padraig Harrington after a double-bogey six on the last left him four under: "It's never nice to finish the way I finished. I can't believe how quick the green was for what should have been a flat putt but I'm pleased with the way I played. You'll struggle to see anyone have the number of short birdie putts I had, I just didn't hit them. I definitely felt like I had a chance all the way to the 18th."

Luke Donald, whose 68 took him to three over and ensured he stayed at world No. 1. "At least I'll be leaving this place with positive thoughts. The margins are so small here and I was playing catch-up from the first round, but I played well today."

Rory McIlroy after completing at five over: "It wasn't great, another bad start [on Sunday] and I couldn't really recover from that - it's a tough one because I felt coming into the weekend I had a chance. I tried a recovery today, but didn't have my best game to do that. I was hoping coming in her to do a lot better. I felt like I had a good chance but it just didn't happen."

A double-bogey ended Padraig Harrington's tournament on a sour note, as he finished five-under. He noted: "Yeah, obviously never nice to finish the way I finished. I can't believe how quick the green is, I hope it doesn't catch some else. It's disappointing but I'm very pleased with how I struck the ball all day. I struggle to think anyone else had as many short birdie putts as I did today, I just couldn't hole them all.

"All the day through I thought I could win it. Even up to 16 you don't know what is going to happen, and at that stage I could still have got to nine-under. All the way to the 18th I thought I had a chance."

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel was disappointed after finishing his tournament at eight-over. He said: "I had high expectations coming in, knowing the course so well and with the performance last year. I was up for the challenge to see if I could retain but my game let me down and so did my putter. It didn't work out how I wanted it to, which is disappointing."

Ian Poulter bogeyed the last to end his challenge at five-under, and couldn't help but be frustrated by his putting over the closing stages. He said: "I mean, I'm pretty happy to play as well as I did but I think I left a couple of shots on the golf course today. I played nicely but I'm walking away slightly disappointed. I think just putting myself in contention on the back nine and then kept hitting decent shots. I just couldn't hole those 10-15 footers."

Overnight leader Peter Hanson ended up in a tie for third at eight-under. He noted: "It was difficult for me and Phil, we didn't play great. I got a little defensive with the putter. Of course there are some nerves but it was a really nice day and I enjoyed playing with Phil. Today unfortunately it just didn't work out, we ended up making too many mistakes."

Adam Scott enjoyed the second hole-in-one of the day at the 16th, flying it just over the bunker before seeing it roll into the cup. He said: "It was just one of those days again for me - I was playing nicely but not much going on. I stood up [on 17] and it was a perfect number - I hit a full seven that was just long enough, and it rolled up to the cup. I actually didn't see it go in, but I was pretty pumped.

He then chipped in at the very next: "Seventeen was just complete luck. I hit a chip and it was just too strong but it popped in on the second or third bounce. It was nice to go like that for me. It's been a joy to play this week."

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