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Tiger Woods in contention - Westwood leads Open Championship

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Lee Westwood leads the Open Championship by two shots after an incredible third day at Muirfield.

The Englishman shot a brilliant 70 in the Scottish sun, with an Eagle on the fifth the highlight of the round.

On a topsy-turvy day at the top of the leaderboard, Westwood was the one constant, with the Yorkshireman holding a three shot advantage after the seventh.

However, Woods was back on level terms two holes later as the battle between the world number 12 and world number one swung again.

The duo continued to trade blows along the back nine, but it was the crucial 17th which created the separation, with Westwood finding a birdie and Woods scrambling for a bogey.

It meant Woods would shoot a 72 for the day, leaving him one under for the tournament and level with Hunter Mahan. The American shot one of the rounds of the day, a 68, to put him in contention at a major once again.

Overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez had a day to forget however, with the Spaniard shooting a 77 and dropping off the pace.

It all means Westwood and Mahan tee-off last, as the 40-year-old chases his first major title from the front. Woods will go off ten minutes earlier alongside Adam Scott, with the Australian on level par after shooting a one-under 70 for the day.

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Tiger Woods
Lee Westwood
Golf
The Open
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