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2013 British Open: Fantastic Front Nine Propels Lee Westwood Into Contention

Lee Westwood British Open

Paul Cunningham-USA TODAY Sports

After shooting even par on Thursday, Lee Westwood found his rhythm at Murfield during the second round on Friday as his five-under front-nine performance moved him up the 2013 British Open leaderboard.

A bogey-free front nine combined with five birdies had Westwood slowly but surely climbing the leaderboard. However, he couldn’t seem to carry the momentum into the back nine as he found some trouble bogeying three holes, but still managed to finish close to the leaders.

After two rounds, Miguel Angel Jimenez holds the lead at three under with only 10 other golfers under par for the tournament. It’s been a stressful day for some and the players are falling from the top of the leaderboard faster than they climbed there in the first place.

Westwood’s three-under performance kept him close at just one stroke back of the lead. After having a somewhat poor putting performance, Tiger Woods remains at two-under and tied with Westwood.

Overall, Westwood should be proud of his fast start but he could have matched it with a better finish. Had he done that, Westwood might have finished with a 65 or so. However, shooting three under a major isn’t too shabby after shooting one over in the previous round.

Things are looking up for Westwood, but poor back nine performances could plague him in later rounds. Just ask Phil Mickelson about his final round of this year’s U.S. Open.

After two rounds of golf, Westwood sits pretty at two-under and has a great chance of winning the Open Championship.