Westy settles early shakes.
LEE WESTWOOD bounced back from a dreadful start to get his latest Masters bid back on track.
Westwood, who has finished in the top three twice in the last three years, paid the price for a wayward first tee shot with a damaging double bogey.
But his nightmare start - courtesy of a hooked drive and a second shot that clipped a tree before stopping 50 yards short of the green - did not derail his progress.
He clawed back one of those shots straight away with a birdie at the second and then fired four more as he salvaged a 70 to stay among the pack on two under par.
Afterwards Westwood revealed he was always confident of rescuing his round.
He said: "It wasn't the ideal start but I had a double bogey start in the US Open last year and fought my way back to have a chance.
DISAPPOINTED "That sprang to mind so there was no panic really. It was nice to make birdie at the second to get one back early.
"But I played solidly. I played the par fives well, which around this golf course anybody who challenges has to do."
Graeme McDowell also refused to panic after bogeying the last two holes to shoot a one-over 73.
McDowell said: "No panic button. I didn't play terribly today. I hit a lot of nice shots and there were a couple of putts that could have
"I'm a little bit disappointed, of course, it's never nice to bogey the last two holes.
"I'll just need to shoot three or four under tomorrow so I'll rest and get ready for that."
DOUBLE BOGEY J Westwood
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 12, 2013|
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