“I didn’t play that badly today, but the round came apart at the seventh, eighth and ninth,” the 40-year-old said. “I found three bunkers and each time the ball was plugged, but that is the defense of the golf course.”
“It seems like an over-40 championship now, it seems like you have to be 42 or 43 to win it,” he added, referring to the victories by Ernie Els last year and his close friend Darren Clarke in 2011.
Westwood was particularly irked when he was distracted at the seventh and found sand off the tee.
“I can’t believe you clicked your camera at the top of my back swing,” he fumed at a photographer.
Conditions were difficult for scoring, just as they had been all through the championship, and sub-par rounds were few and far between on Sunday.
Els finished in a tie for 26th place, despite producing the shot of the day when his approach at the 17th bounced straight into the cup for an eagle three.