Lee Westwood is currently tied for the lead with Kevin Chappell after firing a six-under 65 in the morning wave of the 96th PGA Championship. Westwood birdied his final four holes, which included a 40-footer for birdie on the ninth hole.
Westwood said, “I played well, hit a lot fairways, putted nicely, obviously which you need to do if you are going to shoot a low score. I gave myself a lot of chances. All in all there were no real weaknesses out there.”
Lee got off to a great start on the back nine with birdies on 10, 14, 17, and 18 as well as a bogey on 15. On the front nine, he made a double-bogey on 1 to go to one-under on the day, but added a birdie on 4 to get his round back on track. The four straight birdies to end gave Lee a 65.
Westwood has not been having the best year, but he was able to get back to form at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone. “Going into last week, I felt like I turned the corner. I was starting to swing it a lot better. There’s no good unless you start converting it into low rounds. The first three rounds were frustrating, because I played a lot better than 3‑over par. Then obviously I got it going the final day, shot 63. Then obviously tried to keep it low key in the practice rounds, carry that momentum through to the first round, which I’ve managed to do, made nine birdies.”
Keep the momentum going Lee, no one deserves a major more than you.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)