Lee Westwood may be getting on in years for the PGA tour, but his clubs don’t seem to know

The Englishman, who will be 48 next month, has been playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational since 1998, when some of today’s PGA Tour stars were still wearing diapers. On Saturday, Westwood flocked eight birdies and an eagle at 7-under-65 to shoot and lead a one-stroke leader over Bryson DeChambeau and Canadian Corey Conners, making Westwood the oldest player to hold the 54-hole lead / co-lead on the tour since Phil Mickelson at American Express in 2019

As further evidence of his stamina, Westwood became the first player to have a 54-hole lead on the Tour in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, and he won the European Tour season race to Dubai last year and is currently # 1 39 in the world

“If you’d told me 20 years ago if you were still in the top 50 in the world at 48, I might have been a little skeptical,” Westwood admitted. “It just goes to show that I’m capable of To play well these tournaments with all the good young players around me and obviously fight because that’s what I’m doing this week””

Westwood opened rounds 69-71 and kicked off the party Saturday with a 30-foot birdie putt on his first hole. He missed a 5-foot par put on the second, but made birdie on five holes during a 7-hole span, starting at No. 4, stuffs a wedge within 2 feet at No. 8 and sinking a 19-foot putt at 10 At Nos, there were three-putt bogies 11 and 15 – offset by a birdie at 13 – but then his putter warmed up from a great distance.First, Westwood released a 33-foot eagle putt at 16 to get double-digit below face value, and he dramatically finished the round with a 28-foot birdie to become the oldest player to have carded a 65 or less Fred Pairs in the first round at Bay Hill in 2008

Westwood has won 25 times on the European Tour, but only twice on the PGA Tour, and since FedEx St 2010 no longer Jude Classic This is his 14th Perform at Bay Hill and it’s a course he liked from the start

“When I first came and played it in the late 90s, I enjoyed it and fell in love with it I played well this week and was in the penultimate group on Sunday. So yeah, it’s a place I like, ”he said.“ With the name of the king it is of course a very special trophy to win a tournament too win ”

His outstanding 65, played under preferred lies, was his lowest score in 49 career rounds with Arnie, bringing him to a 54-hole aggregate of 11 under 205 Westwood, who was in his first last group since the British Open 2013 plays – he finished third when Mickelson claimed the Claret Jug – will have to stop working on Sunday if he wants to wear the winner’s red alpaca sweater

Next to DeChambeau and Conners, his closest rivals are Keegan Bradley, who shot 64 in the low round of the tournament, and Jordan Spieth (68) two back, Tommy Fleetwood (68) three back and former API Champion Rory McIlroy (72) will try to rearrange the Palmer style of four Not to mention none of the last five players 47 years or older who lead or co-lead at a PGA Tour event after 54 holes have won The Last, what this did was Rocco Mediate 11 years ago

While Westwood loves Bay Hill, the course has traditionally chewed it down and spat it out on Sundays.His last lap average at Bay Hill was 7,360 which includes scores of 75, 76 (twice), 78 and 79. He’s also only 1: 5 on converting the 54-hole lead / co-lead to a Tour win after stalling in his last four attempts since his first Tour title at the 1998 Zurich Classic in New Orleans

But don’t tell his PGA Tour competitors who are ready for Westwood to go into the sunset for the senior class that Westwood can’t do it

“They say:” How long do you have until you take part in the Champions Tour? “Westwood remembered” and I said, “Oh, it’s been a few more years, you’re stuck with me’ “

Adam Schupak has been hauling his laptop and golf bag and following the sun to write about golf since 1997. He has worked for the PGA Tour, the World Golf Hall of Fame and as a senior writer at Golfweek

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Source: https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/03/06/lee-westwood-leads-54-holes-arnold-palmer-invitational/