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GULLANE, Scotland — While Phil Mickelson was hoisting the claret jug on the 18th green to roars and applause, Lee Westwood was about 40 yards away in the corner of a press tent, explaining how yet another major championship got away from him.
‘‘I wanted to be there on the 18th green right now, that’s pretty obvious,’’ Westwood said.
Seeking a first major title to erase his ‘‘nearly man’’ tag, Westwood began the final round of the British Open with a two-stroke lead. But he shot a 4-over 75 to finish four strokes behind the fast-finishing Mickelson, tied for third place with Ian Poulter and Adam Scott.
‘‘I'm not too disappointed,’’ Westwood said. ‘‘I don’t really get disappointed with golf anymore.’’