Westwood’s birdie-run puts him in joint lead
The South African had a chance to retake the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, but missed by inches — the last of many near misses throughout the day. Westwood and Oosthuizen are level at 18-under going into Sunday, three shots ahead of Phil Mickelson, who made seven birdies en route to a 66.
Ernie Els briefly surged into a share of the lead on the back nine before dumping his ball into a reservoir on the tricky 15th hole and taking a double bogey.
He shot a 69 to drop to fourth place, level with Bill Haas (66) and Ian Poulter (65). Westwood, a former world No. 1, has long been considered one of the most consistent golfers in the game, yet he’s never broken through to win a major, finishing runner-up twice—at the Masters and British Open in 2010.
He’s also played in more World Golf Championship events than any other golfer (41), but his best result is second place on three occasions, most recently at the HSBC Champions in 2010 when he lost to Francesco Molinari by one stroke. “It does surprise me that I’ve played more than anyone
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