London: Lee Westwood played a spectacular shot what fellow golfer Keegan Bradley branded was the best shot he has ever seen, as he recorded a 68 to move deep into contention at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens on Friday. On six-under the Englishman was two behind the early pacesetter.
While his two-under second round was not as controlled as his opening 66, it did feature some impressive up-and-downs, but none was any more spectacular than the par save on the 16th. Westwood`s ball was actually on the edge of the water to the right of the par-four green and caused a huge splash as he swung his wedge. With the pin a few yards over the bunker between the lake and the green, Westwood was starting at a double bogey. But his ball popped up and somehow finished within five feet.
Westwood claimed it was his best ever up-and-down, he thinks, adding that Bradley reckons it was actually the best shot he`s ever seen. Westwood added he was pleased with his short game on Friday, adding it saved him a few times.
The evidence is written all over Westwood`s scorecards. He has made one bogey in 36 holes, which is a fine effort on a layout as demanding as the PGA National. The blemish came on the par-three 15th, the start of the run of holes known as the Bear Trap, where Westwood missed the green to the left.
Westwood finished fourth behind McIlroy last year, courtesy of a final-round 63, and is confident of going three better. He was joined on the leader board by his Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell.