Three birdies in his first five holes at Carnoustie this morning reignited Lee Westwood’s bid to grab the world number one spot off Tiger Woods.
Needing a top two finish in the Dunhill Links Championship – and struggling with a recurrence of his calf injury – Westwood was in joint 32nd spot overnight.
But although he bogeyed the short 13th the 37-year-old’s birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th lifted him into a tie for 13th and only a stroke off fifth place at four under par.
Fellow Englishman John Parry, a brilliant 12 under at halfway, was just about to start the defence of his four-shot lead, but Westwood’s Ryder Cup team-mate Ross Fisher made a shocking opening with a double bogey at the 10th and bogey on the next.
He had been in joint third when he resumed.