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The Open: Westwood grinds it out to stay in the hunt

For the second successive day, Lee Westwood was left to rue what might have been after a round of 17 pars and just one birdie in the 139th Open at St Andrews.

That score of 71 improved his position slightly, moving up to six under, but unlike Thursday the weather could well do the world number three a favour.

With afternoon winds approaching gusts of 40 miles per hour it meant players were going backwards rather than past him.

“It was pretty easy for the first six or seven holes but the wind picked up on the back nine and it is tricky with a crosswind to get the ball close to the hole,” said Westwood.

“I made 17 pars and one birdie and didn't get as much out of my round as I should have — as was the case yesterday.

“Then I shot a 67 and it should have been a 64 and today I shot 71 and it should have been a 66.

“I felt I hit quite a lot of good putts which didn't go in. It tests your patience.

“I three-putted 18 for the second successive day but you learn to get used to those things as a golfer because they happen quite a lot.

“It is a mental battle as well as a physical battle. But I'll be in a good position for the weekend.”

Westwood reported no new problems with his calf injury, which he has been advised to rest but has opted to play on because he does not want to miss his home major.

“As the day goes on, walking six or seven miles, my ankle swells up,” he added.

“Early-late rounds would have been better for me with my leg but I've got a bit of time this afternoon to rest and get some ice on it.”

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