AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Lee Westwood might be wondering if he's contending for a green jacket or the claret jug.
In search of his first major title, Westwood bundled up in long sleeves and returned to the course Friday at the Masters — a day that felt more like a British Open.
He started his day with five pars to stay in the lead after being greeted by blustery winds and temperatures in the 50s — about a 25-degree contrast to opening day when he shot 5-under-par 67 to take a one-shot advantage over Louis Oosthuizen and Peter Hanson.
Oosthuizen struggled in the weather, making the turn at 3-over 39 to fall off the leaderboard.
Ben Crane, meanwhile, birdied the par-5 second to move to 4 under, tied for second place with Jason Dufner, the Auburn graduate who played his morning round in a stocking cap.
Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk were next at 3 under. Furyk, the only player to finish the first round without a bogey, promptly broke that streak on No. 1 on Friday, but followed that with two straight birdies to get to 3 under.
Phil Mickelson (2 over) opened his day with a par and Rory McIlroy (1 under) made two to start the day. Tiger Woods (even) had an afternoon tee time. All three have won this year and were considered to be among the prime contenders coming into the year's first major.
Westwood injected his name into that mix, too. The world's third-ranked player, one of the best to never win a major, certainly looked comfortable as he opened his quest on Thursday.
He made four straight birdies on Nos. 5 through 8 and didn't face a put of more than 10 feet on any of them.
He took the lead after the first round of a major for the first time in his career.
"I figured if I drive the ball well, which I generally do, then I'm going to have a chance to get it close to flags and from there, it's just an issue of how many putts I hole," he said.
He made it look as easy as it sounds. He knows as well as anyone, though, that it's always easier on a Thursday.
Westwood has six top-three finishes since 2008. At Augusta two years ago, he was the leader heading into the final round. On that day, he three-putted the ninth green to lose the lead and ended up as a bit player while Mickelson won his third green jacket.
Westwood's methods after all these close calls?
"When you're in contention and don't finish it off, you go home and assess what you didn't do and what you can improve," he said. "And that's what I did."
- Lee Westwood
- Louis Oosthuizen