Woods hunting Westwood in British Open
MUIRFIELD (CNN) — It is a British Open Sunday dripping with potential storylines.
Another sun-drenched day on Muirfield’s links ended with Tiger Woods in the hunt to break his five-year major drought — standing in his way is a man gunning for his first at the 62nd attempt.
Lee Westwood played in his first Open Championship 18 years ago and is still to claim his breakthrough title after years spent hovering around the game’s top echelons.
On increasingly parched terrain, the 40-year-old Englishman’s much-maligned putting stroke held firm over the closing holes as he entered the sanctuary of the clubhouse on three-under, a lead of two shots.
Woods lies locked on one-under with fellow American Hunter Mahan, whose 68 was the best round of the day, while Masters champion Adam Scott, from Australia, is a further shot back on level par.
The tournament’s overnight leader, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, slipped six shots off the pace after carding a disappointing 77 while Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is in a clutch of players on one-over.
Westwood has come close on several occasions — his run of 61 majors without success is an unwanted record — but he said he’ll sleep soundly despite knowing he could be hours from filling the glaring hole in his golfing resume.
“I’ll think about winning the Open Championship at some stage of the evening — I don’t think there’s anything wrong with picturing yourself holding the Claret Jug on the 18th green,” he told reporters.
“But come 3pm Sunday I’ll be in the same frame of mind as I was today.
“I didn’t feel under any pressure. Even though I haven’t won a major championship before, I know what it takes to win one.”
By Chris Murphy