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August 10 2013

5:32 PM

Can Westwood end major drought?

Westwood shot 68 Saturday and is 3 under with one round to go at Oak Hill. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- No active player has more starts in a major -- 61 -- without a victoy in one than Lee Westwood.

Not that he hasn't had his chances.

Sixteen times Westwood has finished in the top 10 in a major. Half of them have been finishes in the top 3, including just last month when he tied for third at The Open Championship.

Saturday at Oak Hill he put himself in position again, shooting a 2-under 68 on a windy, difficult day of scoring at Oak Hill. Westwood is 3 under and inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

"I can't say I wasn't delighted to see a bit of a breeze blowing this morning," Westwood said. "I didn't want to go out throwing darts out there again. I wanted it to have some teeth to it really."

He got his wish.

With the breeze increasing throughout the day, players who went out early leapfrogged up the leaderboard with every birdie. Westwood made five of them -- and three bogeys -- to climb nearly 20 spots.

The Englishman, who recently began working with coach Sean Foley, had an impressive day of ball-striking, hitting 15 greens in regulation.

And though his score wasn't quite good enough to put him in the lead, the way he was at Muirfield three weeks ago, Westwood is in a good place.

"You saw what happened when I had the lead in the last major and Phil (Mickelson) was four, five behind," Westwood. "So anything is possible on the Sunday of a major."

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