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Westwood set for Open challenge

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
Westwood will begin the third round three shots off the leaders

Lee Westwood will be comfortably placed going into Saturday's third round of the 138th Open Championship after ending the day on two under par.

The man from Worksop shot a level-par 70 to follow his first day 68 - to sit three behind joint second-round leaders Tom Watson and Steve Marino.

"I've got myself in into a good position," he told BBC Sport. "It would be a shame to ruin it now."

Mansfield's Oliver Wilson also shot a 70 to make it through to the weekend.

But it is Westwood who is the more handily positioned of the two Nottinghamshire golfers.

After parring his first seven holes, he dropped back to one under when he ran up a five at the 8th, which he did not get back until his birdie two at the 15th.

He then immediately ran up another five at 16 before a birdie four at 17 - and he then parred 18 to stay on two under- seven shots better off than his playing partner Tiger Woods, who missed the cut.

Before this week, the last time they had been paired together in a major was in the final round of last year's US Open when Woods held off Westwood's determined challenge.

But, without the world number one around this weekend, after Woods first missed cut at an Open Championship, Westwood knows he has a chance of lifting the Claret Jug.

It's just a case of trying to get the name Westwood above the rest

Lee Westwood

"I looked at the leaderboard and saw five under was leading and thought, 'I'm in a good position at two under'.

"If they're up there, they're capable of winning. But it doesn't matter who they are. It's just a case of trying to get the name Westwood above the rest."

Wilson has not made the cut in his two previous Open appearances, and the 28-year-old admitted that his main priority at the start of the week had been to rectify that.

After a first day 72, Wilson admitted: "It was not looking great after yesterday.

"But the wind got up which is the way I wanted it, so that all went according to plan and it was a good day to have a couple of breaks."

Three times he dropped a shot to go to three over, worryingly close to the projected cut mark. But, on each occasion, he got a shot back to return him to where he started the day - and he signed for a level-par 70, to finish at two over.

"I would have loved to get back to level par," said Wilson. "But my first aim was just to make the cut.

"I feel I'm a bit better than having to be saying that. But I've got to start somewhere.

"And now I've done it to be seven back is not a lot round here, depending on the weather, and I'm still looking at Top 10 or even better."



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