Friday’s triple bogey took Westwood out of US Open contention

Kilton Forest Golf Club, Worksop.'Lee Westwood officially re-opens the golf club after refurbishments.'Picture: Lee Westwood. w100727-10d
Kilton Forest Golf Club, Worksop.'Lee Westwood officially re-opens the golf club after refurbishments.'Picture: Lee Westwood. w100727-10d

Lee Westwood said a triple bogey finish to his second round took him out of contention at last weekend’s US Open.

The Worksop golfer tied for 50th place after finishing nine over par at the much criticised Chambers Bay course in Washington, 14 shots behind winner Jordan Speith.

Speaking after an even par final round of 70, Westwood was content with his Sunday efforts, but rued Friday’s conclusion.

“I played well today, hit a couple of bad shots on seven and 18 which cost me a couple of sixes but other than that hit a lot of good shots all day,” he said.

“I also played well on Friday and was disappointed to finish with a triple and that really wrecked my momentum for the tournament.

“I was one under coming there and right in it and you just can’t give away three shots in a US Open type format.”

Westwood began with a three over round of 73, playing alongside Billy Horschel and Paul Casey.

He moved up 34 places on Friday with a 69, but it could have been so much better had he not dropped three shots on the 18th – a hole that was altered from a 617-yard par five to a 514-yard par four.

“Shame about 18. I know I made triple but it’s a stupid par four and a great par five,” he said.

He was also critical of the lack of access for spectators around the course, and admitted the greens weren’t ideal.

“From a fan’s point of view it would have been an even harder walk than the players.

“The greens being in poor condition is obviously disappointing. It’s the US Open, you want it in pristine condition, but sometimes these things are out of your control.”

Westwood returns to action at Alstom Open De France in Paris on 2nd July.