Any hopes Lee Westwood had of climbing back into contention for the Alstom French Open appeared to have gone after an appalling start to his third round at Le Golf National near Paris today.
With tee times brought forward because of the threat of further thunderstorms later in the day, Westwood double-bogeyed the first hole and bogeyed the next three.
At six over par the world number three was in 66th place, 12 strokes behind German Marcel Siem, whose two opening 68s had given him a one-stroke halfway lead over Swede Alex Noren – and this after he had been lying joint third with seven holes of his second round remaining.
Two more of the star names were having a rough time as well.
Siem’s compatriot Martin Kaymer, who beat Westwood in a play-off three years ago, had made the cut with nothing to spare at three over and after a triple bogey and two double bogeys he was clear last at 10 over.
Among the Irish, Shane Lowry dropped a shot this morning to sit at one under with four holes played while Graeme McDowell was on par with six gone to pull even with Lowry.