A second round 68 has brought Lee Westwood back into contention at the Open at Muirfield, leaving him on two under overall.

The 40-year-old shot a disappointing 72 on Thursday, leaving him on one over at the end of the first day, in what was a bad day all round for the British hopefuls, as Ian Poulter, Rory McIlroy , Luke Donald and Justin Rose all struggled.

By the end of his round, the Nottinghamshire-born golfer had improved from tied 26th to tied 6th on the leaderboard, leaving him three shots off the overnight leader Zach Johnson, who had a later start time.

His round included five birdies, and he would have been even closer to the lead had he not bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes.

Playing with him were Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel , who scored a 73 and 68 respectively, leaving them on six over and one over

Westwood’s putting ability was a highlight, as he holed a 25-footer on the first and a 10-footer on the second, setting the tone for the rest of the day.


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