Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Westwood Set the Standard; Lee's Late Surge Gave Leaders Something to Aim At

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Westwood Set the Standard; Lee's Late Surge Gave Leaders Something to Aim At

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Byline: Simon Lewis

LEE Westwood last night made a late run up the US Open leaderboard while the leaders were preparing for their final rounds in California.

England's world No 3, striving for his first under-par round of the week at Pebble Beach Golf Links having come into the second major of the year with great expectations, was three under for his round as he turned for home.

Three birdies in a row, at holes four, five and six, brought Westwood to five over par, still 11 strokes behind overnight leader Dustin Johnson of the United States but with the tournament front-runners set to tee off just as the wind off the Pacific Ocean was forecast to pick up considerably. Johnson was getting ready to rejoin battle with halfway leader Graeme Mc-Dowell for the second day in a row, having out-scored the Northern Irishman by five shots in the third round to take a threeshot lead at six under.

And Tiger Woods was set to launch his bid for a 15th major from five strokes back off the lead having shot a five-under-par 66 on Saturday to reach one under par.

The world No 1, who won the 2000 US Open on its last visit to Pebble Beach by a majors record 15 strokes, had been paired with Frenchman and championship debutant Gregory Havret, who was set to begin at level par.

Also at even par was two-time champion Ernie Els of South Africa, with world No 2 and Masters champion Phil Mickelson one over par and Alex Cejka, Tim Clark and Ryo Ishikawa next in line at three over.

Westwood was not the only one making the most of the more favourable early conditions as first-round co-leader Shaun Micheel double-eagled the par-five sixth hole after holing out with a three iron from 239 yards.

The sixth was playing as the easiest hole on the famous course with sectional qualifier Jim Herman and former USPGA champion David Toms of the United States and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee all carding eagles on the ocean-lined elevated green. …

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