Westwood fights back in final round

Five birdies: Lee Westwood
Five birdies: Lee Westwood
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Lee Westwood secured a top ten finish at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational thanks to superb last round of 65 yesterday.

The former world No 1 slipped out of contention on day two after a 71, but weekend scores of 68 on Saturday and a final 18 holes of five under par saw him make the biggest move up the leaderboard.

Solid return: Tiger Woods

Solid return: Tiger Woods

The Worksop golfer had dropped four shots during the last seven holes on Friday at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, but was to suffer only one more bogey - on the 17th on Saturday - over the final 36 holes.

Westwood birdied the second, third and ninth to turn in 32 and picked up more shots at the 12th and 14th in a flawless display that saw him finish on nine under.

Tiger Woods did his confidence a power of good with three late birdies as he finished his first week back in golf with a level-par 70. Woods fell outside the top 50 with a miserable run of holes in the middle of his final round.

But the 14 time major winner then had a hat-trick of birdies from the 15th, holing putts of 13, three and 15 feet, to return to one over par.

Woods could take comfort from some of the players he beat in his first event for 12 weeks. They included Phil Mickelson after he double-bogeyed the last for a 72 and three over aggregate, Padraig Harrington six over and Graeme McDowell nine over.Open champion Darren Clarke ended a disappointing 12 over.

Full report in The Star tomorrow.