Four dropped shots cost Westwood

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lee Westwood had a disastrous end to his second round at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio yesterday.

The former world No 1 from Worksop had put himself in contention with a two under par front nine to move five under overall.

And when he birdied the 10th he was only two shots off the lead. However, Westwood undid a lot of his good work by missing the green at the 13th and making a mess of his chip, then going in two bunkers and horse-shoeing out for a second successive bogey at the 14th.

A third consecutive dropped shot followed at the 15th and Westwood’s misery was compounded with a bogey five on the last leaving him two under par for the tournament.

Scotland’s Martin Laird produced the sort of finish that Westwood would love to have had at the Firestone Country Club course.

Newlywed Laird birdied the final three holes to add a 67 to his opening 66 and on seven under par found himself only one behind joint leaders Rickie Fowler, Ryan Moore, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Tiger Woods, though, dropped into the pack on one under after following up his encouraging first day 68 with only a 71 in this his first tournament for 12 weeks.

The seven-time winner of the title still had a better day than Open champion Darren Clarke again, however.

Clarke was left propping up the 76-man field on 11 over after improving only by three on his initial 77.

Sunday’s Irish Open winner Simon Dyson, from York, had been joint last with the Ulsterman overnight, but restored his confidence with a fine 66. Rory McIlroy recorded a second 68 to move to four under.