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The Open 2010: Westwood refuses to give up chase

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Westwood hoping for bad weather

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at St Andrews

Lee Westwood still insists that he can come from behind to win The Open - even though he will start the final day eight shots adrift of Louis Oosthuizen.

But England's top golfer, who shot a second straight 71 to sit seven under, admits it will prove "very difficult".

"If given the choice, I'd rather be chasing somebody who hasn't won a major than somebody who has," he said.

"And it can be done. But, having seen the way Louis and Paul Casey played today, it will be very tough."

The world number three from Nottinghamshire's chances all but disappeared when he went to the turn in two-over 38, thanks to bogeys at 4 and 6.

He then chipped in at 10, birdied again at 11 and 14, and responded to a dropped shot at 15 by making a great par at 17 before picking up another shot when he drove the green at the last to come home in 33.

That put him a tie for fourth, a shot adrift of German Martin Kaymer, four behind his playing partner and Ryder cup pal Paul Casey, and with eight to make up on the in-form Oosthuizen.


"I'm a bit further back than I'd have thought," said the man from Worksop. "But I know it can be done.

"I won the Dutch Open from six shots back in 1999 and then went to the K Club in the European Open the following week and won by seven shots.

"I do know it doesn't happen very often, but strange things have been happening this week. And it depends on the weather.

"If it's windy then anything can happen.

"If it's flat calm then forget it, but a nice 25mph wind would make it interesting."

Westwood also acknowledged that he will need to raise his game - especially on the greens.

"I played ok," he said. "And 71 is not a bad score.

"But I've not had any momentum all week as I've not putted well enough.

"Three three-putts on the front nine is not what you're looking for.

"If I could have gone to a couple under rather than two over at the turn that would have been more what I was looking for.

"I wasn't too sharp on the greens and that's been the case all week.

"But I played well on the back nine. I had a bonus on 10 holing from 50 feet and, although I caught a fairway trap at 15, I had a nice up-and-down at 17 and a good birdie at 18 to finish."

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