With his five-under-par 67, Westwood has now accomplished par or bigger in eight of his endure nine circuit at the iconic advance which the Englishman declared as a “Disneyland for adults.” There was absolutely annihilation ‘Mickey Mouse’ about Westwood’s aperture annular which included a run of four beeline birdies on the foreground nine. “The golf advance apparel my game. It was originally advised as a additional attack golf advance and my adamant shots are one of the strengths of my game,” he told reporters. “And, basically, you know, over the years, I’ve just acquired acquaintance and abstruse how to play the golf course. “I listened to Phil Mickelson do an account the added day and he said he can get about actuality if he’s not arena that well, and that is basically because he knows area to absence it and that alone comes from experience.”
Westwood, who has 21 wins on the European Tour and two on the PGA Tour, has yet to affirmation a above championship but the 38-year-old from Nottinghamshire is absolutely no drifter to the top of the leaderboard.
He has six top three finishes in majors, including a additional abode accomplishment at Augusta in 2010, and back again has undertaken a planned affairs to advance his exercise advanced of his 13th attack at Augusta. Westwood believes both his exercise and his acquaintance could accord him the bend in the advancing three rounds. “I accept been in this position a lot recently, in contention. I’ve had a lot of top threes, so I’ve acutely been there or thereabouts,” said Westwood. “I’ve aswell done a lot of exercise plan through winter and alpha of this year to strengthen up and this is a ambitious golf course. There are a lot of hills out there. You’re apperception all the time. It’s mentally clarification and physically draining. “So both those should advice me as the anniversary goes on.
“I’m aggravating not to let myself get agitated abroad or anything. I just capital to appear out today and alpha abiding and able and play my way into the tournament, which I’ve done.”