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Lee Westwood and Luke Donald need a major title.
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood both lack major victories on their resumes. Both are consummate ball-strikers, and Merion Golf Club should be a good venue for one of them to collect his first major title.
Merion Golf Club seems to be made for Luke Donald. He made it to four under par when play was halted on Thursday but still had four of the most difficult holes on the golf course remaining to finish his round.
Friday morning, he made bogeys at Nos. 16 and 18 to post a two-under-par 68 and finish one shot behind Phil Mickelson.
Lee Westwood was going along nicely, tied for the lead at three under par, until a nearly perfect shot on the par-four No. 12 found one of the famous wicker baskets that adorn the top of the flagsticks at Merion Golf Club.
His tee shot found the rough off the tee, and he was forced to wedge it out. His third shot hit the basket and ricocheted 40 yards back down the fairway.
He finished with a double bogey and fell back to one under par.
A bogey at No. 17 put him at even-par 70 for his first round.
Donald and Westwood are both still among the leaders and in position to win their first major.