Lee Westwood Leads British Open [Video]

Lee Westwood leads Tiger Woods by two strokes heading into the final round of the British Open.
Lee Westwood leads Tiger Woods by two strokes heading into the final round of the British Open.

Lee Westwood holds a two shot lead over Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan heading into Sunday’s final round of the British Open at Muirfield. This would be the first major victory of Westwood’s career.

After shooting a one under par 70 in the third round, Westwood stands alone atop the leaderboard heading into the final round of play. The course has proven incredibly difficult thus far, illustrated by the fact that Westwood is just three under par and has a solid lead in the tournament.

Only Westwood, Tiger, and Mahan are under par for the tournament. Second round leader Miguel Angel Jimenez fell off the map today, six over par 77. He had seven bogeys, including a double on number 16. The 49 year old’s age defying run seems like it is all but officially over.

Playing with Tiger Woods today, Lee Westwood was able to establish his lead on hole number 17. After sinking a putt for birdie, he watched his partner struggle and bogey the hole. The two shot swing at the end of the round is the only difference between them with just 18 holes left to play.

The putter has been working for Westwood, his eagle putt on the par five fifth hole could prove to be the highlight of the British Open should he manage to hold onto the lead. You can watch the incredible putt below.

Although he has never successfully captured a major title, Lee Westwood has found a decent amount of success on golf’s biggest stages throughout his career. He has finished second or third in seven majors without a win. He also has been in contention heading into the final round before, nine times in his career he has found himself among the top seven heading into the final round of play.

Should Lee Westwood hold on to his lead and win, he would prevent Tiger Woods from ending his career long major drought. Tiger has been stuck looking for major victory number 15, making many question whether he will ever catch Jack Nicklaus’ career record of 18 major victories.

Tiger Woods has never come from behind on the last day to win a major tournament, but considering he is just two shots back, he is certainly in the hunt. He briefly held the lead today after a birdie on number two.

Mahan quietly shot the best round of the top three with a 68 today. Most of the attention during the third round was on the Woods and Westwood two-some, and that figures to be the case again tomorrow. If Mahan puts up another 68, he has a great shot at stealing the tournament from under their noses.

Lee Westwood is trying to hold onto his lead and capture his first major victory at the British Open. Tiger Woods is attempting to complete his comeback following his infamous scandal. Both men look healthy and capable of producing fireworks in the final round . Weather has cooperated this far, and should not be an issue on Sunday when we find out who will take home the Claret Jug.

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