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The Open 2013: Westwood Enters Final Day As Leader
Lee Westwood held off Tiger Woods to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield.
A wonderful afternoon of golf saw both Westwood and Tiger battle for supremacy, with the Englishman eventually holding firm to fire a 70 and finish three under.
Woods’ falter on the 17th meant he carded a 72 to end one-under alongside fellow American Hunter Mahan, who shot 68. Adam Scott moved to level par on his own with a very respectable one-under 70.
The duo started the day two under, one shot off the pace of Jimenez, but the duel ignited on the long fifth when Westwood took a driver off the fairway for his second shot and then holed a wonder curving rolling putt from the front of the green for an eagle and the lead.
Westwood had his nose in front at three under with a birdie on the 14th but pulled his tee shot into thick rough on the short 16th and could only carve out short of the green. He then putted up the bank to 15 feet, before crucially slotting the putt to escape with just a bogey to slip back alongside the American.
Woods then made a scruffy three-putt bogey on the long 17th to Westwood's birdie, and the Englishman was back in front by two. The crown lapped up the action these two behemoths of the game produced, with the only downside to the day being that it eventually had to end.
Two pars up the last put Westwood in pole position to clinch his maiden major at the 62nd attempt. And the good news for Westwood is that Woods, who is chasing a 15th major and a first since 2008, has never won a major when trailing going into the final day.
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