'I literally don't care': Westwood back in mix at the majors

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As the Open Championship returned to Northern Ireland after an absence of 68 years, a sold-out Royal Portrush was thronged by crowds looking for great golf and plenty of drama.

Lee Westwood is back for another shot at erasing his "nearly man" tag in the majors.

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At Muirfield in 2013, Westwood started the final round with a two-stroke lead and shot 4-over 75 to finish four behind Phil Mickelson.

Xander Schauffele had a "run in" with the governing body after he became the first person to fail the R&A's random driver testing, having been selected as one of 30 players to hand over their club at the start of the week. "There's a long way to go in this tournament", he said.

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Westwood ended his relationship with his long-term bagman, and tour legend, Billie Foster a year ago and his fitness instructor girlfriend took up the position.

"I just want some time off just to get away from it". If it's going to happen, it's going to happen, and if it doesn't, it doesn't.

Westwood certainly seems to have the patience down pat this week.

A brilliant bunker save on the 15th, a smart up-and-down after being short and right on the vast "Calamity Corner" par-three 16th prefaced a highly-eventful par on the 17th where, distracted by TV commentary from the tented village maybe 80 yards behind the tee-box, he leaked his drive into the customers on the right. The support I got was incredible. "And then again, as I said, I just let it go a little bit at the end". And then he had two back surgeries before the end of the year.

"I'm a bit disappointed with the finish but I'm in a great position after two rounds". "And, honestly, I stood here starting this week knowing that I'm playing really well".

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"To play in front of those crowds today and to feel that momentum and really dig in, it's going to be a tough one to get over", he said after his two-over 144 score.

"And I think Rory probably won a lot of fans last night, to show that raw emotion of how much it means to him and how much it means to all of us to be out here at Portrush".

All three English contenders were on the "right" side of the draw, and Rose felt the benefit as he added a 67 to his first round 69.

"Playing at this elite level is a completely different deal", Woods said.

"The 18th's been pretty cruel to all three Northern Irish lads this week - 7-7-7 is okay if you're on the slots, but not so good if you're on the 18th hole at Portrush, for me, Darren and Rory". I just go out there and have fun.

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"I'm just not moving as well as I'd like", Woods said to ESPN. They have never won a major before, despite being household names on the PGA Tour. The favourite one was from Denmark the first week she caddied for me.

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