GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Lee Westwood is the leader going to the final round of the British Open.
Seeking the first major title of his career, the 40-year-old Englishman curled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the way to a 1-under 70 Saturday that put him two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.
Westwood has been a perennial contender in majors, finishing second or third a staggering seven times. But he’s never been able to finish the job.
He’ll try to do it Sunday at baked-out Muirfield.
Westwood made eagle at the fifth hole, and pulled three shots ahead of the field on the front side. Woods fought back and was even with Westwood going to the 17th. But Westwood made a birdie and Woods a sloppy bogey for a two-shot swing.
Davis High graduate Nick Watney missed the cut after a pair of tough rounds on Thursday and Friday. Three double bogeys marred the former Blue Devil’s performance, including two as part of a 6-over 77 on Friday.
Watney finished 23rd at last year’s British Open and tied for seventh in 2010.
Froome basically finishes off Tour de France win
ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France (AP) — Chris Froome has two hands firmly on the Tour de France trophy. All that remains is for the British rider to raise it above his head before cheering crowds in Paris on Sunday.
The Team Sky rider retained his big race lead Saturday in the penultimate stage to ensure he will become Britain’s second successive champion after Bradley Wiggins.
Only an accident or other freak mishap Sunday on the largely ceremonial final ride to the Champs-Elysees could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour.
“It’s been an amazing journey for me; the race has been a fight every single day,” Froome said at the winner’s news conference that the Tour holds the evening before the final stage.
“This Tour really has had everything. It really has been a special edition this year.”
Froome, who was clearly superior and never looked really troubled in the three-week race, finished third Saturday in a dramatic Stage 20 to the ski station of Annecy-Semnoz in the Alps that decided the other podium placings.
Nairo Quintana from Colombia won the stage and moved up to second overall.