August 9 2013
Lee Westwood is looking for his first major championship title. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Lee Westwood didn't go so far as to say he didn't like the way Oak Hill was set up Friday.
But with the rain that fell overnight and continued throughout the morning, the course was playing every bit of the 7,132 yards -- and then some. Just over half an inch fell on Friday and another .37 of an inch on Thursday.
Westwood said the par-4 17th, which measures 510 yards and produced one of his three bogeys in a round of 73, was "really tough" and "unreachable." He also made a double bogey at the eighth hole but managed birdies at Nos. 12 and 14.
"The ball was flying nowhere and it's playing really long," Westwood said. "It's picking up mud, as well. There's a lot of other things to contend with out there today."
Westwood said Tim Clark, who was in his threesome, actually had to lay up on three par 4s -- the aforementioned 17th, No. 18 (which measured 493 yards) and No. 9 (443 yards.)
Despite his double-bogey, bogey finish, Westwood wasn't too disappointed in his performance. He'll start the third round at 1 under and six strokes behind the current leader at the midway point, Adam Scott.
"Yeah, obviously I'd like to finish par, par or better, but red figures going into the weekend, still have a chance," said Westwood, who has finished third or better eight times in majors but is still looking for his first win.