Westy rues what might have been
For the second successive day at the 139th Open Lee Westwood has been left to rue what might have been.
For the second successive day at the 139th Open Lee Westwood has been left to rue what might have been – this time after posting a round of 17 pars and just one birdie at a wet and windy St Andrews.
That score of 71 improved his position slightly, moving him up to six under, but unlike yesterday, the weather could still do the world number three a favour.
With afternoon winds approaching gusts of 40 miles per hour it appeared unlikely many players would post scores to go past him.
“It was pretty easy for the first six or seven holes but the wind picked up on the back nine and it is tricky with a crosswind to get the ball close to the hole,” said Westwood.
“I made 17 pars and one bogey and didn’t get as much out of my round as I should have – as was the case yesterday.
“Then I shot a 67 and it should have been a 64 and today I shot 71 and it should have been a 66.
“I felt I hit quite a lot of good putts which didn’t go in. It tests your patience.
“I three-putted 18 for the second successive day but you learn to get used to those things as a golfer because they happen quite a lot.
“It is a mental battle as well as a physical one. But I’ll be in a good position for the weekend.”
Westwood reported no new problems with his calf injury. He has been advised to rest, but has opted to play on because he does not want to miss his home major.
“As the day goes on, walking six or seven miles, my ankle swells up,” he added.
“Early-late rounds would have been better for me with my leg but I’ve got a bit of time this afternoon to rest and get some ice on it and it should be all right tomorrow.”
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