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Friday, 19 March 2010
The 138th Open Championship - Final Round  (Getty Images)
The 138th Open Championship - Final Round (Getty Images)

Lee Westwood was launching his bid for a first Major title in the final round of The Open Championship at Turnberry, but there was still all to play for as the leaders approached the back nine.

Ross Fisher - adamant he will quit at any stage to be with his wife Jo if she goes into labour - made the first move, only for a costly eight at the fifth to set him back.

Fisher duly teed off as scheduled in the penultimate group and promptly birdied the first from 14 feet and chipped in from ten yards left of the second green for another.

At five under par he had suddenly gone from one behind Tom Watson to two in front, Watson dropping a shot at the first after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker.

Playing alongside Fisher, fellow Englishman Westwood was three off the pace on two under after opening with two pars, one ahead of Bristol's Chris Wood, who turned professional immediately after finishing fifth at Birkdale last year as an amateur.

Wood, who was unable to even get into the field for the Open de France ALSTOM and The Barclays Scottish Open over the last two weeks, opened with six straight pars before holing from ten feet for an eagle on the seventh and similar distance for birdie on the next.

Denmark's Søren Hansen then claimed the clubhouse lead on one under after a 67, but all the drama was happening way behind him.

Briefly three shots clear before missing a par putt on the fourth, Fisher then ran into horrendous trouble on the fifth after driving into heavy rough.

His second shot moved the ball just a few feet and his third was hacked across the fairway into more dense rough.

From there he took a penalty drop and hacked his fifth onto the fairway, his sixth onto the green and two putts all added up to a quadruple bogey eight.

Westwood seized his chance with both hands, making birdie on the sixth from 20 feet and an eagle three on the seventh from a similar distance to suddenly vault into a two shot lead.

Watson was certainly not giving up though, the veteran also finding the seventh green in two to make a simple birdie and close the gap to a single shot again.

Wood's challenge faded with dropped shots at the 13th and 14th leaving him at level par, four behind Westwood.

 

 

 

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