Westwood happy with round, but not Wentworth pin positions

Lee Westwood was pleased with a second consecutive round of 71, but not the pin positions, on a testing day at Wentworth in the PGA Championship.

The Worksop golfer is two under par at the halfway stage of the tournament, and believes he’s well placed.

“I’m very happy.”

“Jonas Blixt was five under just in front of me, and Rory (McIlroy) shot five under just behind me, and that’s there or there abouts the best score in our half of the draw today, so three shots behind that and looking forward to tomorrow not too far behind.”

When quizzed on the wet and windy conditions that have greeted him in his homeland, the now Florida resident admitted: “I was on the cold side out there towards the end of the round.”

His day, which began at 8.40am, got off to a shaky start, with dropped shots at the first and third holes.

But he bounced back immediately with consecutive birdies at four and five.

Six straight pars followed, before back-to-back birdies, and then bogeys at 14 and 16.

But he finished the round on a high, with a fine birdie at the par five 18th, thanks largely to a beautiful approach shot to the green.

Westwood, whose first round was hit by severe weather on Thursday afternoon, voiced discontent with disparity between yesterday and today’s level of difficulty with regard to pin positions.

“I think they put the flags out easy when there was no wind, and everything was in favour yesterday morning for low scoring.”

“I don’t understand the reason for drastic difference in flag positions from day one and day two – I was always under the impression that you set the golf course up the same the first two days and you just rely on the conditions, that’s the only thing that can affect it.”

“But the set-up was massively different from day one to day two.”