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Video: Lee Westwood Takes Awful Run in With Wicker Basket In Stride

Jun 14, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

The other day we wrote about Sergio Garcia’s run in with a one of those red wicker baskets at Merion during a practice round and now we have an actual tournament instance of a player’s game being thrown off by the pesky baskets. During his opening round on Thursday, Lee Westwood hit an approach shot on the 12th hole that looked to be pretty accurate. In fact, his ball bounced off the basket on top of the hole and actually rolled all the way off the green. He later tweeted about the unfortunate bounce and roll in a rather humorous fashion.

Westwood had a fine Thursday shooting a 70 but is +5 through six holes on Friday.

He also got in a dig in his post-round chat with reporters when referring to the British Open:

Yeah, well I did hit it.  But Peter Dawson has reassured me that for the Open Championship we’ll be going back to flags like a normal tournament.

“Normal” is one way to put the way they do things over on the other side of the Atlantic.

[via Larry Brown Sports]

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