Westwood (67): Game is suited for a U.S. Open

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Lee Westwood has given himself more chances to win the Masters than any other major, but he believes his game is built better for a U.S. Open.

Closing out a 3-under-par 67 Friday at Oakmont Country Club, Westwood is off to his best start in a U.S. Open.

After Thursday’s weather suspensions, Westwood came back Friday morning to play five holes. He birdied his final two holes of the round.


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“I think I've had my chances at the U.S. Open, but I think, if you look at my game, I suppose the U.S. Open should suit me more than others,” Westwood said.

Westwood has six top-10 finishes at the Masters, with two second-place finishes, including this year. He has five top 10s at the U.S. Open with two third-place finishes. Westwood is known for his strong ball striking.

“I hit the ball well, a lot of fairways, a lot of greens,” Westwood said of his first round. “I hit it close quite a lot, 26 putts. Made some nice putts out there, and I'm pleased with the start. It's a good way to start this championship. You don't really want to be shooting a lot over par and having to chase.”