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Sunday, 18 July 2004
England’s Lee Westwood produced one of the rounds of the day during an extraordinary final afternoon of the 133rd Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon. While the leaders battled it out in the matches behind for the Claret Jug, The European Tour Member carded a superb four under par 67 for a six under par total of 278 and the likelihood of a top five finish.

Westwood’s round was all the more remarkable considering that, after five holes of his final round, he was two over par for the day having dropped shots at the third and fifth.

But after that the Englishman was scintillating, producing birdies at the sixth, seventh, and eighth to be out in 35. Turning for home Westwood kept the pressure on with birdies at the tenth and 16th before holing from 15 feet at the 17th for par to keep the momentum going.

However, as with all good entertainers, Westwood saved the best for last, finding the back of the green at the 18th but rolling in a magnificent 40 foot putt for birdie three, punching the air with delight as the ball dropped below ground.

“I got off to the worst possible start but I am happy with myself the way I came back from that and especially the way I played coming in,” he said. “I holed some good putts, especially on the last three holes, and it is always nice to finish like that, just managing to squeeze one in from 40 feet!”

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