Westwood's putter has him in position for first major win

Lee Westwood of England hits from the rough on the 14th hole during the second round of the British...

Lee Westwood of England hits from the rough on the 14th hole during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland July 19, 2013. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET

He just might be the best current player not to have won a major.

But England's Lee Westwood, riding a putter almost as fiery as Muirfield itself, put himself in a position to challenge for the British Open title this weekend. Westwood, with 18 one-putt greens in the first 36 holes, had a 3-under-par 68 Friday, tieing Charl Schwartzel for low round of the day, to get within a shot of the lead.

He started the second round tied for 27th, but by the time he had got to the clubhouse in the early afternoon, he had climbed into a tie for sixth.


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