Lee Westwood happy with opening round at Merion


Lee Westwood reflected positively on his opening round at the US Open after carding a level-par 70 at Merion, three shots behind clubhouse leader Phil Mickelson.

Torrential thunderstorms in Pennsylvania on Thursday interrupted much of the first day's play, meaning the world number 11 was forced to complete the final five holes of his first round early on Friday morning.

Westwood birdied the fifth and chipped in at seven, before driving the par four 10th green and two-putted to take himself to three-under par, capping an impressive start on day one.

But, the 40-year-old was unlucky to double-bogey the 12th, after hitting the wicker-basket on top of the pin with his third approach shot, carrying his ball back off the green, and three shots later he was back to one-under-par.

He finished with a par on 13 and carried on that form when he restarted on Friday morning, playing the course perfectly other than a bogey on the par-three 17th which brought Westwood back to level-par after the first 18.

"It was a good start, I played nicely but the conditions were very different today, much more cold and wet," reflected Westwood upon the completion of his opening round.

"But 70 is a good score and I feel like I'm in a pretty decent position. There are a few blind shots around the course but it's generally set up pretty similar to a lot of courses around the US."

On hitting the wicker basket at the 12th on Thursday he added: "I saw Peter Dawson of the R&A yesterday and he has reassured me that we will be going back to using flags [at The Open] like normal people."


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