Westy fails in bid for top spot

Lee Westwood has failed to reclaim the world No 1 spot after a disappointing final day at the US Open.

Lee Westwood narrowly missed out on reclaiming the world No 1 ranking after a disappointing final round at the US Open.

The Englishman needed a top-two finish at Congressional to end Luke Donald’s short tenure at the top of the rankings, but a closing 70 left him in a share of third on six under.

Australian Jason Day won the race for second as a flawless three-under 69 swept him to eight under, albeit a huge eight shots behind runaway champion Rory McIlroy.

It followed an outstanding run of 35 holes without a bogey.

The 22-year-old Ulsterman’s record victory lifted him to fourth in the rankings behind fellow Europeans Donald, Westwood and Martin Kaymer.

Westwood had looked set to make inroads into McIlroy’s lead when he birdied the first hole of his final round, but he sliced into water at the long sixth and ran up a bogey six.

He offset a birdie at nine with another dropped shot at 11, although he got back under the card for the day with another birdie at the par-five 16th.

All in all, it was not the day he had hoped for.