Spectators hamper Westwood

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Lee Westwood lost his cool at the Ballantine’s Championship on Thursday after over-eager spectators put him off his game.

Lee Westwood lost his cool at the Ballantine’s Championship on Thursday after over-eager spectators put him off his game.

Playing in golf-crazy Korea the week after he retook the number one spot in the world rankings, Westwood was followed by a large crowd of excited spectators.

Three under through 15 holes, it all started coming apart for Westwood on the 16th, when the first amateur photographer forced him to pull out of his shot.

A bogey followed, but even worse was to come on the 18th.

After a tough shot out of the fairway bunker, another camera click disrupted his preparation for his 15-foot bogey putt.

Westwood snapped at the crowd, and missed the putt to finish with a double bogey, leaving him six shots adrift of first-round leader Damien McGrane.

Despite the disappointment, the Englishman remains upbeat.

“I’m still in contention,” he said.

“On the first 15 holes I played very nicely and gave myself a lot of chances without really making any putts.”

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