Westwood and Rose scrap way into Masters title mix

Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:42pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Lee Westwood, helped by his best round of the week, and Justin Rose, who holed out with a wedge for an eagle two at the third hole, scrapped their way into contention at the Masters on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Westwood, one of the finest players never to have won a major championship, followed opening efforts of 73 and 71 by shooting a 70 to tuck in three strokes behind joint leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth on 214, two under.

The Englishman would have fared even better but for a stroke of misfortune on the 15th green when a curling 50-foot eagle putt touched the cup but somehow stayed out.

"I don't know how that missed and I'll probably watch that again and again," Westwood told reporters after another roasting hot day at Augusta National.

"It was one of those things. I won't tell you what I said. I can't...for the lip readers watching.

"I feel like I know how to get around here even if I'm maybe not on my game and I've hit the ball well this week."

Asked if his 70 had thrown him right into the title mix, Westwood replied: "Oh, very much so, yeah, yeah.

"Anywhere within five, even six shots of the lead going into the final round of the Masters is giving you a good chance especially with the way the golf course is playing out here."   Continued...

Britain's Lee Westwood climbs from the sand trap after a shot on the first hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar