The umbrellas were out in force as Lee Westwood played the fifth hole of his second round on Friday. (Getty Images)
Westwood, in top five, ‘behind where I ought to be’ after 36 holes
Sitting high on the leaderboard is nice, but not nice enough for Lee Westwood, who feels like he's left a few shots out there on the Old Course after a 17-par, one-birdie 71 on Friday.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Lee Westwood moved up into a tie for fourth at the British Open on Friday, which is not a bad thing. But the Englishman couldn’t help but feel like he had left a few shots out on the Old Course over the first two rounds.
Westwood opened with a 67 and gutted out a round of 1 under on Friday. He did manage some excitement on Thursday with a string of five straight birdies, but the world No. 3 found the second round much more sedate.
"My day would suggest that I played very solidly," Westwood said. "I didn’t make a bogey out there. I made 17 pars and one birdie. I just didn’t get as much out of my round as I should have done, as yesterday was the case, too.
"I shot 67 yesterday and should have really been a 64, and shot 71 today and should have really been a 66. But that’s the way it goes occasionally,” he added. “It felt like I hit quite a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. And I’m in a good position for the weekend, I think."
The battle-tested Westwood, who finished one shot out of the playoff at Turnberry last year, will start the third round at 6 under -- and six shots off the pace being set by the likely overnight leader, Louis Oosthuizen.
"I’m behind where I ought to be," Westwood said. "I should really be 10 under at worst. But I didn’t play last week. I didn’t really hit any balls, either. But I knew I was hitting the ball well, so there was not really any need to do too much practicing.
"I’m just a bit rusty on the greens, which I might expect. We can sharpen it over the weekend, and no matter what the conditions are, I’ve still got a couple good scores in me."
Westwood, who has hit 25 of the 32 expansive fairways so far and just as many greens, is still favoring a painful torn calf muscle in his right leg. By the end of 18 holes, the ankle is sore and swollen and ready to be iced down.
"You have to be wary of it," Westwood said. "There’s certain points out there where there’s short, steep slopes where my foot gets into that position, it stretches it out more. That’s when I get a twinge up in my calf. I don’t know what it’s doing, but it doesn’t feel very comfortable. I’m a bit wary and cautious about it."