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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, ENGLAND (AP) - Lee Westwood might have won that elusive first major had he not hit a tee shot into a tree on the fifth hole in the final round of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club last month.
The ball disappeared, and with it so did Westwood’s chances of getting off the list of best players never to win a major.
“You make your own luck a lot of times, but that was an unfortunate time for that to happen,” Westwood said. “It’s happened only three times in my career; once there when I was only one shot off the lead going into the last two holes in Dubai, and once in a playoff in the Malaysian Open. It’s picked its times to happen.
Westwood shouldn’t have to worry about the trees at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. There aren’t any of significance on the links course.
What he and other players will have to worry about is sand _ and lots of it. There are 206 bunkers scattered around the course, or an average of more than 11 a hole. Many of them are in the fairways, making precision driving a necessity to contend in this British Open.
Not only do the fairways have lots of bunkers, they are spread out in the driving area. That should make players hit their drivers more often because the early bunkers on holes don’t let them layup with much confidence.
Westwood said the bunkers and the rough deepened by a wet summer should more than make up for lack of trees.
“I think that’s part of the game of golf,” he said. “There should be penalties for hitting it off line.”
“It was incredible meeting him for the first time in `98. I got invited to his home,” Woods said. “As we walk in there and I look at my dad and I said, `Hey, pops, do you feel that? It feels different in here.’ He said, `Yeah, I feel the same way.’”
“He was over there just meditating in the corner, and it was just a different feeling in the room,” Woods said. “He has such a presence and aura about him unlike anyone I’ve ever met. He’s meant so much to so many people around the world, not just in South Africa.”
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