Lee Westwood bounces back from poor start to card two-under 70 at The Masters
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Westwood happy with putter change
Lee Westwood was delighted with his comeback from a horrific start after launching his latest bid for an elusive major title at The Masters.
The 39-year-old, playing in his 60th major championship, looked to have an arduous day in prospect after he ran up an ugly double-bogey six on the tough opening hole at Augusta.
But he responded with an immediate birdie, and another at the ninth balanced the books before he picked up further shots at 10, 13 and 15 to leap into the top 10.
A bogey at the 17th took the gloss off an excellent fightback, but after signing for a two-under 70, he said: "It's a good first round, and I played solidly.
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"It wasn't the ideal start, but I've started majors with a double bogey before - the US Open last year sprang to mind - and I fought my way back to have a chance.
"So there was no panic, really. It was nice to make birdie at the second and get one back there early. You could stand on the second tee and say, well everybody in the field is going to make a double bogey, I just got mine out of the way early.
"I played the par-fives well, and around this golf course, any time anybody's done well here they have played the par-fives well."
Westwood was particularly satisfied with a two-putt birdie from long range at the 13th, where he feared his approach putt could have slipped past the hole and into Rae's Creek.
"The longer I looked at that putt the worse it got, really," he added. "When I hit it off, I knew it was going to be a tricky one.
"I got up there and I could see putting it off the back, I could see putting it in Rae's Creek, I mean all sorts of things. I ended up leaving it about 16, 17 feet short, but made that one. I putted nicely today."