Westwood rises in Round 3 at U.S. Open

June, 16, 2012
06/16/12
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't look now, but Lee Westwood will have another shot at his first major championship on Sunday at the U.S. Open.

The No. 3-ranked Englishman, who is considered by many to be the best player in the world without one of golf's biggest trophies on his mantle, carded a 3-under-par 67 on Saturday that was punctuated with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole. He's at 2 over heading into the final round.

After his T-3 at the Masters in April, Westwood took over the dubious distinction as the golfer with the most top-3 finishes in a major -- seven -- without a win since 1934.

"I think I've probably been this contention in major championships more than anybody else over the last three or four years," Westwood said. "So I'm looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully going to go out and have some fun and see what happens."

Westwood carded five birdies on the round with the only blemishes being back-to-back bogeys on the par-3 eighth and par-4 ninth holes. In his first two rounds at the Olympic Club, he only made four combined birdies.

And watch out for Westwood on Sunday. He has shot par or better in eight straight final rounds at majors, including the past two U.S. Opens.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Kevin.Maguire@espn.com.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for ESPN.com.
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