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August 30 2013

2:15 PM

Westwood battles stiff back, shoots 66

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Lee Westwood is looking to improve on his T-13 finish last year at TPC Boston.

NORTON, Mass. -- Lee Westwood woke up with a stiff back Friday morning. Not that you would know it for the 5-under 66 he shot in the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

That ties for his lowest round on the PGA TOUR this season; he's shot 66 on three other occasions, including the first round of the PGA Championship earlier this month.

"I feel like my game is coming together," Westwood said. "I've got a bit of a bad back which is going to take a bit of work and try and loosen that up. But maybe for lack of practice -- because I haven't been hitting balls -- will do me good."

Westwood said he is getting treatments on his back and is hopeful it will loosen up.

He came into the week 31st in FedExCup points. A win or second-place finish could move him inside the top 5 going into the BMW Championship.

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