Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods went head-to-head in the final pairing of the third round of the 2013 British Open. Much to the surprise of many that have followed Westwood in major championships, he actually outplayed woods. Westwood carded a one under par 70 on the day, while Woods was one over with a 72. The Englishman will take a two-stroked lead over Woods and Hunter Mahan into the final round.
Westwood certainly isn’t a stranger to be in contention at majors, but he has never been able to finish the job in the past. He’s finished second or third on seven different occasions. The fact that he will be paired with Mahan and not Woods in the final round will certainly benefit Westwood – even though he would never admit that fact.
The third round was a mixed bag for Westwood. He started out in the wrong direction with a bogey on the third hole. He managed to get that shot back in addition to one more when he eagled the par five fifth. Westwood played the rest of the round even par with three birdies and three bogeys. The dagger came on the 17th, where Westwood picked up a birdie while Woods rolled in a bogey. That two shot swing is essentially what separates the two golfers heading into tomorrow.
If Westwood is going to break through and win a major championship, he’s likely not going to find a better opportunity than the one that currently sits in front of him. It’s much easier said than done, but if he goes out, plays intelligent golf and can anywhere in the 60s there’s a good chance that nobody will catch him.