GULLANE, Scotland — Lee Westwood had a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods, standing in grass up to his knees in the dunes left of the par-3 16th hole. It was one of the few bad shots Westwood hit Saturday at Muirfield. Westwood slashed at the ball and it didn’t reach the green. He used a putter to belt his next shot up the hill to 12 feet.
What followed was a finish that allowed him to believe he was closer than ever to ending his 20-year pursuit of a major.
Westwood made the putt to salvage bogey. He picked up two shots on Woods with a birdie on the next hole. He closed with a par, giving him a two-shot lead going into the final round. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.