Many of golf's prognosticators and punters thought Lee Westwood was in prime position to end an 0-for-57 streak in major championships at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
After Day 1 of the Open Championship, Lee Westwood has a lot of work to do to prove them right. Westwood shot a disappointing 3-over 73 in benign morning conditions to trail Adam Scott by nine shots.
"I'm struggling with my swing a bit at the moment. I've been working at it for three or four weeks," said Westwood. "The ball goes either left or right - not often straight."
It appeared at the start that Westwood was fixed and poised to charge up the leaderboard, making birdie at the first two holes.
"The start was a bit of a lie," he said. "You'll get found out pretty quickly round an Open Championship course."
A poor 5-iron approach at the par-4 third, however, left Westwood back at even after double-bogey 6. Still, Westwood made the turn at 1 under after two birdies and a bogey to end the front side.
The Englishman's birdie at the ninth was his last of the day. He made five pars and four bogeys on the final nine to card 73.
Though Westwood is well back of the lead, he opened (and closed) the U.S. Open last month with the same score. He finished T-10.