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Westwood happy with opening round

The 138th Open, Turnberry
Date: 16-19 July
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Two, Online and the Red Button, live on Radio 5 Live and text commentary online on all four days

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at Turnberry

Lee Westwood
There was huge interest in Westwood's three-ball with Woods and Ishikawa

Lee Westwood was the happier of the two Nottinghamshire golfers at the 138th Open Championship at Turnberry as he carded a two-under 68.

In contrast to Oliver Wilson's two-over 72, Westwood looks well placed, but not as good as he may have hoped after opening up with three birdies.

"In the first round of a major, you can only play your way out of it, so a 68 is up there," Westwood told BBC Sport.

"I'd have probably taken that at the start of the day."

Westwood, third after a final-day confrontation with Tiger Woods in last year's US Open, came into Turnberry in form on the back of two high finishes.

And he made light of being paired again with Woods, enjoying an electrifying start to finish the day three shots better off than the world's number one.

"Any time you birdie the first three holes is obviously a great start," said Westwood.

Oliver Wilson
Wilson struggled after starting with a birdie

"But I had a lot of chances from 15-20 feet all day and, if can keep that going, I'll be happy."

After dropping a shot back to two under with a bogey six at the long 7th, Westwood then got back to four under with two more birdies at the 12th and 15th, only to then suffer a double-bogey six at the 16th.

But although it was a distraction playing in the best supported three-ball of the day, accompanied not only by Woods but Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, who comes with an flotilla of supporting media, Westwood made light of it.

"A couple of times I had to stand off it but I expected it to be busy out there and for there to be a lot of activity... and it gave me a nice chance to practise my Japanese," he quipped.

Wilson also started with a birdie but he told BBC Sport: "From then on, I got slightly worse all day as did my score."

Three bogey fives in five holes around the turn did for the man from Mansfield.

"I'm a little disappointed as everything was in good shape coming into today," he admitted.

"The pin positions were very tough and it was hard to get close but I made some poor mistakes."



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