The Open: Westwood in danger of missing the cut

LEE Westwood is in danger of missing the cut at The Open Championship, after he shot a three over par round of 73 today.

After two rounds he is four over and the predicted cut is three over, which would rule him out of any further play at Royal St George’s in Sandwich.

The Worksop golfer continued to have trouble on the green, missing a number of important putts throughout the round.

He began well, picking up a shot at the first. But it was one step forward, one step back with a bogey at the second.

Another bogey at seven was followed by a birdie at eight, but again he failed to build on it. A double bogey at eight and another dropped shot at nine put him back to four over for the tournament.

Five consecutive pars preceded a birdie at 15, giving rise to hope that he could end with a flourish.

But as was the case earlier in the day, he slipped back immediately, three putting at the par three 16th.

The 38-year-old had putts for birdies on the final two holes but made neither and now can only hope that the weather and the scores worsen as the day goes on.

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke, a close friend of Westwood’s, is the clubhouse leader on four under along with Lucas Glover.