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Westwood leads Woods going
to final round of Open

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Hazymac, 7/20/2013 3:22:45 PM

GULLANE, Scotland — Lee Westwood is positioned to win the first major title of his career. Boy, does that sound familiar. Long considered one of the best players without a signature win on his resume, the Englishman curled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the way to a 1-under 70 Saturday that put him two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan. The 40-year-old Westwood has been a perennial contender in majors, finishing second or third a staggering seven times. But he´s never been able to finish the job. He´ll try to do it

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Back when we pros used to call the Greater Greensboro Open "the GGO," we also resorted to calling the Open Championship "the BBO." For most of the world this tournament with its diminutive claret jug is the ne plus ultra of major championships. What is required on these sometimes windy, baked-out courses is a different type of golf than what is required on the PGA Tour. If you´re a golf fan, don´t miss tomorow morning!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/20/2013 3:34:58 PM     (No. 9434193)

A reporter once asked one of those inimitable Scottish caddies what the four round winning score would be at Muirfield or Carnoustie. He replied, "Maybe 300, or if the wind blows, maybe 400." I love the the Open Championship. A lot of major league players are still in the mix. May the best man win. If Lee Westwood hangs in at the top, he´ll get the "no major" monkey off his back. For a long time, he´s been in the class of major champions. Maybe tomorrow he´ll hoist the claret jug.

(For the record, I´m against no one, although I favor Phil or Brandt or Hunter Mahan. Or Angel Cabrera, whose record in majors leaves me in awe. Or my sentimental favorite Miguel Angel Jiminez, who would be the oldest major champion in history. Most of these guys are classy gentlemen, except for the one who ripped off a shouted "G--d---" today. As the #1 player in the world, he needs his late Special Forces father to spank him or wash his vile mouth out with soap.)

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/20/2013 3:39:25 PM     (No. 9434198)

I have always appreciated Westwood´s stoic demeanor. I would really like to see him do it this time.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/20/2013 3:42:21 PM     (No. 9434203)

A terrific final round is in store. Many players have a good shot. A hat tip to Mr. Palmer for his resurrection of this premiere sporting event. He made the trip in 1960 in pursuit of the Grand Slam, came up one shot short, then won the next two years.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Newtsche, 7/20/2013 3:47:30 PM     (No. 9434212)

Epic battle in the next to last group, Williams vs. LaCava. Juicy. That said, the best man doesn´t necessarily win at a course set up like this, maybe the most patient man hoists the jug. Or the least unlucky.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/20/2013 3:49:19 PM     (No. 9434215)

Re #3: He certainly did! There´s not a pro anywhere who doesn´t love and appreciate Arnold Palmer. No one else could have done for this sport what he did. May the Lord bless him always. And Mr. Nicklaus and Mr. Player. They´re my three heroes since early childhood. Not for nothing were they called the Big Three.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: JoniTx, 7/20/2013 3:52:22 PM     (No. 9434218)

Cannot wait until tomorrow morn! Fantastic Golf!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chief1942, 7/20/2013 7:13:35 PM     (No. 9434421)

What? He´s not going to let Tiger have it? Must be a racist!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Manbearpig, 7/20/2013 8:06:54 PM     (No. 9434467)

#7, umm, that was a pretty low blow. However you feel about Tiger, he has never used his "race" as an excuse nor has he pulled the race card.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pedro4, 7/20/2013 8:06:56 PM     (No. 9434468)

Both leaders will choke. I am pulling for Mahan.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Italiano, 7/20/2013 8:44:34 PM     (No. 9434502)

4-putt from 15 feet. I always wanted to putt like a pro. Now I can say that I do. Thanks Brandt.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 7/20/2013 9:27:03 PM     (No. 9434540)

Never got a chance to play Muirfield but played Carnoustie twice....once in a 30mph wind. Also the Old Course, Royal Troon and Turnberry. It is indeed different although they also have some great non-links parkland courses. I love links golf. Sadly, age has now caught up with me but I have some great memories.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: hot coffee, 7/20/2013 10:17:57 PM     (No. 9434577)

Go anyone but Tiger Woods! (Emperor Bam Bam´s golfing buddy)

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Reply 13 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 7/20/2013 11:57:44 PM     (No. 9434640)

Poster 11, a good friend of mine played Carnoustie. He said it´s by far the hardest course he ever played.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: doublesharp, 7/22/2013 9:17:39 AM     (No. 9436253)

I´m looking forward to Hazymac´s comments on Lefty´s final round. What a performance and it kind of gets a monkey off Mickelson´s back, too.

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