Lee Westwood has always talked about the fine line between success and failure and he illustrated the point perfectly last night.
Two over par with one hole to play in his USPGA Championship first round in Atlanta, Westwood’s drive avoided the lake by inches and instead of a likely double-bogey if he had gone in the water he birdied for a 71.
“Seriously, I did turn a six into a three,” he said. “I pulled it and it landed on the wall and shot out onto the fairway.”
The world number two is trying to complete the ‘Chubby Slam’ this week, manager Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler having already seen his clients Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke win the first three majors of the season.
The stable’s leading player overnight, though, was Yorkshire’s Simon Dyson. Winner of the Irish Open only two weeks ago, he handed in a two-under 68 to be in joint fifth place.
“I’ve stil got the same feelings I had at The Open (he was ninth there) and in Ireland,” Dyson said.
“If I can just keep doing that for the next three days, who knows?”
Eighteen-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero and Dane Anders Hansen are alongside him, while Londoner Brian Davis shot 69.
World number one Luke Donald double-bogeyed the 15th, but matched McIlroy’s level-par 70.