Westwood Works Way Up Leaderboard At Masters 2012

Westwood Works Way Up Leaderboard At Masters 2012: Lee Westwood has an advantage in the first round at a major for the first time in his career.Not really the distinction he is trying, though.Westwood reeled off four straight birdies on the front on Thursday en route to a stress-free round of 5 – under-par 67 at the Masters, where he is still trying to win his first major championship.masters leaderboard
“I came close,” said Westwood. “I won everything there is to win other than a major championship. This is my primary objective and has been a long time to come around since the PGA last year.” One of Westwood’s closest call came two years ago at Augusta, when he started the final round with the lead. But he made a three putt bogey on No. 9 to give it away and ended up as a passer, while Phil Mickelson was handed his third green jacket.
This time, Westwood goes into Friday with a lead of a shot on Louis Oosthuizen and two in front of a group of six, including Paul Lawrie, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Francisco Molinari.The Brit, winner of 36 tournaments worldwide, he hit 16 greens in regulation after a light week of practice in a field that has always felt his game fits. He made four birdies in a row of numbers 5 to 8 and never needed a long putt of 10 feet.
“It ‘s nice to get off to a good start and have a platform to build from” Westwood said.He attacked the course of a soft, damp day that seemed ideal for scoring, but also included the pin placements tougher than usual to a Thursday, a set of golf balls on the fairways saturated confused when they disembarked.
In third place in the world, Westwood could well be the best player Without A Major. He finished in the top three six times since 2008, and has had much time to think about what they need to overcome the hump.
“When you’re in contention and not end up, go home and evaluate what did and what you can improve,” he said. “And this is what I did.” Bubba Watson, Ben Crane and Jason Dufner were other players in the tie at 3 under, with Peter Hanson also to that number, but still in progress.
Rory McIlroy shot 1 under 71 and Tiger Woods finished with a pair of bogeys to shoot even par-72. The bogey on 18 was actually a good save after his tee shot went into the trees and resulted in an unplayable lie.Woods opened its rattling around in his first tee shot from a tree and put the second in the creek well to the left of the second fairway. He recovered pars on both and felt pretty decent for the round, all things considered.
“I hit some of the worst rounds of golf I have ever hit today,” Woods said. “It ‘s OK. I just hung there, adjusted my way around the golf course, remained patient, who was at that time. I could have shot one, maybe two more, but I had a lot of that round.”
In search of his first major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open, Woods has come to play well. Two weeks ago, won his first PGA Tour event in 30 months. But on the driving range before his turn, said he felt something crawling on him.
“Old patterns. Some of my old stuff for a few years ago,” he said. “I’m trying to work through it. Occasionally, opens today and it popped up again.” Before Westwood finished his 5 senses, appeared larger story of the day would be Henrik Stenson, who spent most of the day and was in the lead at 5 under with a lead of two photos while on the tee box of 18 .
He hit that shot deep into the trees on the left and needed two more shots to reach the fairway. All part of a bad 8 a snowman that has dropped to 1 in 71 and in a tie for 15. “This is what happens here,” said Stenson. “It keeps Avalanche and I got the snowman at the end.”