Lee Westwood is again for every other shot at erasing his “just about guy” tag within the majors.
This time at 46.
And this time along with his female friend at the bag.
Westwood used to be tied for 3rd at his 25th British Open and just a shot off the lead after a bogey-free, Four-under 67 in the second one spherical on Friday took him to 7 beneath.
He is been on this scenario earlier than within the greatest occasions in golfing. Such a lot of occasions, if truth be told, that he’ll take a nonchalant option to the weekend.
“I actually do not care anymore,” he mentioned, status along with his fingers on his hips.
It is an angle borne out of a decade of frustration and close to misses on the majors. Probably the most agonizing have come when the claret jug used to be in his points of interest.
At Muirfield in 2013, Westwood began the general spherical with a two-stroke lead and shot Four-over 75 to complete 4 at the back of Phil Mickelson. He three-putted the 72nd hollow to fail to spot a playoff at Turnberry in 2009. On the 2010 Masters, he led after 54 holes.
Westwood has 18 top-10 finishes in his 81 appearances within the majors, and 9 within the peak 3.
Nonetheless no primary, regardless that. And that’s the reason what he must cap a resume that incorporates emerging to No. 1 on the earth — he changed Tiger Woods because the top-ranked participant in 2010 — and successful the Ryder Cup seven occasions.
He is top at the listing of the most productive gamers to have by no means gained a significant.
“I simply move in the market and feature amusing,” Westwood mentioned, downplaying any expectancies. “I am 46 years outdated and nonetheless competing with those younger lads. Received final yr. There’s no force on me.”
He will be the second-oldest British Open champion after Outdated Tom Morris, who used to be 46 years, Three months, nine days when he lifted the claret jug in 1867. Westwood might be 46 years, 2 months, 28 days on Sunday.
What is new this yr for Westwood is the sight of female friend Helen at the bag for the primary time at a significant. A health club teacher, she took over as Westwood’s caddie on an enduring foundation following his win on the Nedbank Golfing Problem final yr.
Westwood mentioned she “does not know an excessive amount of about golfing” however knew so much about how his thoughts works.
“There is extra to caddying,” Westwood mentioned, “than counting and getting the wind course.”
It method their conversations at the direction vary from what they’re having for dinner later, to the place they are going to move on holiday and, Westwood quipped, if there used to be a nail record within the bag.
“I revel in doing all of it myself, there is no questions then,” Westwood mentioned. “Get the yardage, pull the membership, get the wind. It is all my accountability. I am 100% transparent in my very own thoughts what I am doing.”
Glance the place it’s got him this week.
He has birdied the cruel par-Three 16th hollow each occasions he has performed it, and is Four beneath for the final 3 holes — a last stretch the place many have struggled.
On Friday, he used to be bogey-free for handiest the second one time in 86 profession rounds on the British Open.
He’s going to play along Tommy Fleetwood, every other Englishman, within the next-to-last team on Saturday.
Along with his new care-free angle, Westwood may just but get that elusive primary simply when many idea the risk had handed him by means of.
“It is the angle I will move with,” he mentioned. “Let’s examine the way it works out.”
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