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World No. 1 Luke Donald was the best of the English elite, putting up an even-par 70 that only looked so-so given the calm conditions. A staggering 36 players shot in the 60s, leaving Donald with plenty of competitors to pass and a six-shot deficit to make up on the leader, Australia’s Adam Scott.

“I felt like I played pretty solid,” said Donald, who managed a lone birdie and 16 pars before a bogey on the 18th. “I didn’t get as much out of it as I would have liked. One birdie.”

There was nothing easy about Westwood’s round. Even though he started with back-to-back birdies, he figured it was more the result of good fortune than good shots. He didn’t feel comfortable with his swing. He knew it wouldn’t last.

At the third, Westwood dumped his approach into a bunker, zipped one out over the green, pitched back on and two-putted for a double-bogey.