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The Tour Report

August 4 2012

3:58 PM

Westwood struggles to 81

AKRON, Ohio -- Lee Westwood has played in 40 World Golf Championships, more than anyone else in history.

Westwood The Bridgestone Invitational is his 28th stroke-play event in the prestigious global series. But Saturday is a round the world No. 4 would certainly like to forget.

Westwood parred his first hole, then didn't make another until No. 9. In fact, he only made six pars all day -- along with 10 bogeys, one double bogey and just one birdie.

The 81 was Westwood's highest score ever at Firestone Country Club, eclipsing the 79 the affable Englishman shot in the third round in 2007. He's now 11 over and fell to 70th in the 75-man field after hitting just three fairways and nine greens on Saturday while taking 36 putts. 

Westwood's playing partner, Phil Mickelson, had a tough day, too. He shot a 73 and is now 3 over for the tournament. Mickelson hit three fairways, five greens and used 26 putts.