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March 30 2013

5:33 PM

Strong round gives Westy confidence


Lee Westwood took advantage of the par-5s and made a move on Saturday. (Cannon/Getty Images)

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

HUMBLE Texas – Lee Westwood was smiling after his third-round 67 and the moment was duly noted by the press.

“Golfers are never satisfied, are we?’’ he said with a grin. “We roll a few in and think we can roll a few more in. Just a vicious circle. I like the way I putted it today and the greens were a little bit slower, that's what I found tricky about it. Left a lot of putts short.’’

Made a few too, which put him into position to contend in Sunday’s final round. He walked off the course just two shots behind the leaders and is one of about a dozen players with a good chance to win the Shell Houston Open.

The 67 left him at 9-under, two back of the leaders, going into the final round, but it could have been one better if he hadn’t bogeyed 18.

“I played much more solid today,’’ said Westwood, who shot even-par Friday. “I played the par 5s in 3-under par. The first day I was 1-over. You can't afford to do that.

“Today, it was obviously a lot better. I'll shoot lower scores if I start playing the par 5s better ... I mean, built up a little bit more confidence and I hit the ball really nice today. It's longer, so I'm sure I'll start to swing at it better and made a few putts as well.’’

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