WENTWORTH, United Kingdom: England’s Lee Westwood believes he is perfectly placed and primed for a final day assault on the European PGA Championship after finishing round three just a stroke behind leader Alejandro Canizares of Spain.
Canizares’ strong finish enabled him to steal a one-shot advantage over Westwood with his 68 putting him on nine-under as sunshine and warmth made a welcome return to a course drenched by rain on the opening two days.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Marc Warren are just a shot further back on seven-under with a host of other contenders lying just behind and intending to make it a nail-biting Sunday shoot-out for the title.
There are 13 players within just four shots of the lead but Westwood, who is seeking his first ever victory in this tournament having been runner-up twice in his 20 years of taking part, was in confident mood.
The 40-year-old from Worksop, who is based in the United States said: “I have not won this tournament before and it would be nice to get my hands on the trophy. I’m after as many wins as I can get.
“If I do finish it off tomorrow it would rank right up there with my victory in the Race to Dubai title in 2009 and also Australia Open in 1997 when I beat Greg Norman.
“I felt much more in tune with my swing and had a lot of chances out there. I felt a lot of support and have never enjoyed a round of golf more than I did today. Perhaps they have missed me since I moved to Florida!”
The world number 12 thrived in the sun by eagling the fourth and birdies at the 7th, 12th, 14th and 17th put him into the lead. As others faltered, it was left to Canizares to deny him the lead when the Spaniard birdied the last two holes.