Six weeks before he turns 48 Lee Westwood’s birthday rolled back a few years and took the lead in the Players Championship halfway through

Westwood added a clear second round of 66 to his first 69 at Sawgrass to finish nine under par, one shot ahead of fellow countryman Matt Fitzpatrick, who carded a second 68 in a row

Overnight guide Sergio Garcia was on 11 only a few centimeters away from an albatross, but also missed on 15 an equally short putt on the 15th in an unpredictable 72 and came up with seven drifting alongside Chris Kirk, while Bryson DeChambeau was part of a group of six

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Westwood became Europe’s oldest number one at five after winning his third Order of Merit title at just 17, 8 points from Fitzpatrick in December

And the former world number one finished second at DeChambeau in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday

“I think I’ve played some of my best golf courses in the past year and a half and had good results against quality fields,” said Westwood

“A win in Abu Dhabi and second place in Dubai late last year to win the race to Dubai was great, playing under pressure and fucking two of the last three holes

“Last week I obviously played well under pressure again and this week I continued

“The nice thing about this week is that the last week didn’t affect me negatively. I regrouped. I still have memories of last week of playing well and taking good strokes when I had to, but it did there is no hangover from last week ”

DeChambeau started the day with a double bogey on Nov., his opening hole, however, fought back to card a second 69 in a row

“They don’t expect you to do that on the first hole,” DeChambeau said. “I wasn’t feeling as comfortable as I should have felt and unfortunately this is how my day started

“I was able to do a nice up and down on the next hole to calm it down, hit there on the 13th a tight hole and was somehow on the way to the races after that, with the exception of the ride on 14

“I’m happy with the fact that I was still able to hold on and score well. I’ve been pretty lucky for the most part, I don’t think that’s going to happen this weekend

“I have to make sure my game is going well from the tee so that these issues don’t arise and I don’t have to rely on luck for the most part”I have to get it into the fairway”

Kirk started on Jan. and was level par after five holes, but then carded on the 15th a hat trick with birdies and got himself out on the way to a 65 from 147 yards for an eagle

“I wish I had a revelation of something I changed and all of a sudden this incredible piece set off, but no, I didn’t change anything,” said Kirk

“I knew I was making good shots, good putts, and then all of a sudden I threw the ball to 15 and before I knew it I was five, six under. That was sure to be a very pleasant surprise.”

Spaniard Jon Rahm is five shots off the lead after following an initial 72 with a 68 Open champion Shane Lowry was two strokes behind after a second round of 74

The reigning champion missed the cut at the Players Championship when struggling with his game after trying to increase the distance

DeChambeau, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, started his second round on Jan. with a double bogey six

Winther, who started his second lap at 6:45 a.m. local time, has a two-shot lead halfway through Doha

Some of Europe’s best players could still see the funny side despite a miserable first day of the Players Championship

McIlroy’s miserable 79, to which on 18 Belonging to a quadruple bogey was a defending champion’s worst opening round

Woods had open fractures on his right lower leg and other injuries to his foot and ankle

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