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Tiger Woods of the US, left, shakes hands with Lee Westwood of England on the 18th green after their third
round of the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
GULLANE---Lee Westwood has con-
tended enough in the majors that he
can identify important moments, even
if he could barely see his ball.
He had a one-shot lead over Tiger
Woods, standing in grass up to his knees
in the dunes left of the par-3 16th hole.
It was one of the few bad shots West-
wood hit at Muirfield yesterday, and
by far his worst predicament. Westwood
slashed at the ball and it didn t reach
He used a putter to belt his next shot
up the hill to 12 feet.
What followed was a finish that
allowed him to believe he was closer
than ever to ending his 20-year pursuit
of a major.
Westwood poured in the putt to sal-
vage bogey. He picked up two shots on
Woods with a birdie on the next hole.
He closed with a solid par, giving him
a two-shot lead going into the final
round, and most significant Sunday of
"That was probably the biggest
momentum thing I did all day---walk
off there with a bogey," Westwood said.
"That s what s been missing, making
those putts. And back it up with a birdie
at the next. Those are the sort of things
you need to do."
Had he made putts like that, West-
wood might not have missed the playoff
at the US Open that Woods won in
2008 at Torrey Pines. Or the playoff
at Turnberry in 2009. He might even
have been able to hold off Phil Mick-
elson at the Masters in 2010.
Westwood is widely considered the
best player of his generation without
a major. Maybe that s about to change.
The 40-year-old from England
passed one big test when he outplayed
Woods on another tough day at Muir-
field for a 1-under 70 and grabbed a
two-shot lead over Woods and Hunter
Mahan, the only players still under par.
"Even though I haven t won a major,
I know what it takes to win one," said
Westwood, who was at 3-under 210.
"It s just a case of going out there
tomorrow and having the confidence
in my game, which I ve got. And putting
it to the test."
Despite his late blunder by hitting
into a bunker and making bogey on the
par-5 17th, Woods held it together for
a 72. Mahan matched the best score of
the third round with a 68 and will play
in the final group for the second straight
"I ve got 14 of these things, and I
know what it takes to win it," Woods
said. "He s won tournaments all over
the world. He knows how to win golf
Westwood is the 54-hole leader for
the second time in his career. He will
try to become only the eighth player
dating to 1861 to capture his first major
in his 40s. He was hopeful the other
close calls will serve him well, though
he didn t seem all that uptight about
it. He was good on another warm,
sunny afternoon on a course that was
noticeably softer but no less demand-
Woods lost his chance to get in the
final group with one swing.
Tied with Westwood as they played
the par-5 17th into a stiff breeze off
the Firth of Forth, Woods tried to hit
3-wood over a series of bunkers to allow
for a simple wedge into the green. With
his ball on the slightest slope, he got
it up in the air just enough that the
wind grabbed it and deposited the ball
in the bunker. Woods had to blast out
sideways and missed a 15-foot par putt.
Woods twice had at least a share of
the 36-hole lead in majors a year ago
and fell out of contention yesterday.
Despite the late bogey, he did well
enough this time that he was only two
shots behind. This is his best chance
to end his five-year drought in the
majors since the upheaval in his per-
sonal life at the end of 2009.
And while he has never won a major
when trailing going into the last day,
the outlook didn t look bleak from his
Instead of playing with Westwood
in the final group, Woods will be in the
penultimate group with Masters cham-
pion Adam Scott, who had a 70. The
Australian not only is poised to be the
first player with a multiple-major sea-
son in seven years, he can atone for his
meltdown a year ago at Royal Lytham
& St. Annes.
And there are plenty of others still
in the game---five major champions
within five shots of the lead, a list that
goes down to Mickelson at five shots
Two-time major champion Angel
Cabrera opened with 12 pars and had
a roller-coaster finish --- double bogey,
birdie, bogey --- for a 73. He was at 1-
over 214, along with former Masters
champion Zach Johnson (73), Henrik
Stenson (74) and Ryan Moore (72).
Miguel Angel Jimenez didn t lose
control. He just lost the lead.
The 49-year-old Spaniard found too
many bunkers, missed too many fair-
ways and dropped far too many shots.
He wound up with a 77, six shots
shot at major
Even though I haven't won a
major, I know what it takes to
win one...It's just a case of going
out there tomorrow and having
the confidence in my game,
which I've got. And putting it to
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