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Halfway Home Westwood Looking Good

After having floundered away nearly the entire first half of the season, Lee Westwood stated earlier in the week that he was ready to get back to serious golf.
On Friday, he proved that he was prepared to back up his talk.
Westwood shot a second consecutive 67 at the Barseback Golf Club to finish 36 holes at 10-under-par and assume the lead in the Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
The big Englishman leads by a stroke over Colin Montgomerie (69) and Ian Poulter (65), and he is two shots better than four others including Northern Irelands Darren Clarke (70).
Searching for his third title at this particular venue and his second in as many years, Westwoods good play thus far comes as a complete opposite to what he has done over the first half of the season.
In 11 European events, he has managed just two top-10 finishes and has missed four cuts.
Compared with his banner 2000 season ' when he won seven times worldwide and was the Volvo Order of Merit champion ' the numbers pale by comparison.
This week may start him anew.
'It's great to be back on top of the leaderboard,' said a happy Westwood after his round. 'That's where you want to be.'
The 27-year-old began his day in rather suspect form, going 1-over through his first ten holes, but rallied late with six birdies over his last eight holes, including his last four in a row to end with 67.
'Coming down the stretch, I felt like I was back and had not lost the habit of being in contention and knowing how to handle the pressure.'
As good as Westwoods round was, even it couldnt top that of Poulters, and had it not been for bogies at Nos. 14 and 18, the young Englishman would have went around in 63.
Nevertheless, his 65 was by far the round of the day.
Montgomerie is also knocking at the door. Fresh off a solid showing at the 130th Open Championship and a win in the Murphy's Irish Open, Monty is looking to solidify his No. 8 position on the Ryder Cup points standings.
Of course, hell have a hard time knocking off Clarke from the No. 1 slot.
Nearly 400 points better than anyone, Clarke is threatening to increase that lead and cash in on his second win in five weeks.
Sam Torrance, however, was simply looking for a place to hide Friday.
Following an opening round of 67, the European captain for Septembers big blast could do no better than 78, and at 1-over for the tournament, missed the cut.
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