Westwood storms into the lead...

Sport

Westwood storms into the lead as McIlroy falters at Bay Hill


A superb third round of 65 saw Lee Westwood shoot into the lead on a dramatic Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 47-year-old Englishman produced a colourful seven-under round to rise to 11-under, and put himself in the driving seat ahead of tonight's final round.

He registered eight birdies - and an eagle on the 16th - as well as three bogies.

There was more weekend frustration for Rory McIlroy, however.

The round one leader failed to make any significant inroads and eventually signed for a level-par 72.

He is four shots adrift of his former Ryder Cup teammate, with a whole host of top players between McIlroy and the lead.

They include Bryson DeChambeau, who is in second on ten-under alongside Canada's Corey Conners.

For leader Westwood, the final round presents a chance to end an 11-year drought without a win on American soil.

The veteran has shown good form in recent years, including a win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in 2020.

He was asked post-round whether he felt surprised to be in the lead - but his answer was defiant.

"I’m not surprised, no," he said.

"I haven't lost any of my length and I haven't lost any of my enthusiasm to go and work, and work in the gym.”

“My nerves are still intact, I still get into contention and enjoy it rather than kind of back off.”

"Everybody keeps asking me when I’m going to the Seniors Tour,” he continued, “So I think they’re trying to get rid of me.”

On an eventful day at Bayhill, there were two holes in one.

Jordan Spieth, who lies in a tie for fourth on nine-under, aced the second, while Jazz Janewattananod did likewise on the 14th.

Bryson DeChambeau also caught the high for a long drive on the 6th hole, over water.

His effort went 370 yards off the tee.

 



You might like

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Last Word With Matt Cooper

The Last Word With Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

Up next

Ed's National Anthems

Ed's National Anthems

7 PM-10 PM

Share

The Paul McLoone Show

The Paul McLoone Show

10 PM-12 AM

Share

Overnight

Overnight

12 AM-5 AM

Share

Early Breakfast with Pamela Jo...

Early Breakfast with Pamela Joyce

5 AM-7 AM

Share

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show

7 AM-9 AM

Share

Dermot & Dave

Dermot & Dave

9 AM-12 PM

Share

Mairead Ronan

Mairead Ronan

12 PM-2 PM

Share

Fergal D'Arcy

Fergal D'Arcy

2 PM-4:30 PM

Share

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

4:30 PM-7 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on