Lee Westwood is the leader going to the final round of the British Open.
Seeking the first major title of his career, the 40-year-old Englishman curled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the way to a 1-under 70 Saturday that put him two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.
Westwood has been a perennial contender in majors, finishing second or third a staggering seven times. But he's never been able to finish the job.
He'll try to do it Sunday at baked-out Muirfield.
Westwood made eagle at the fifth hole, and pulled three shots ahead of the field on the front side. Woods fought back and was even with Westwood going to the 17th. But Westwood made a birdie and Woods a sloppy bogey for a two-shot swing.
Woods was tied for the lead with Westwood when he hit his second shot on the par-5 17th into bunker and bogeyed the hole, while Westwood birdied. Woods shot a 1-over 72 to tie Mahan for second place.
Mahan equaled the best round of the day with a 3-under 68 on the difficult, dried-out Muirfield course. That earned him a pairing in the last group with Westwood in the final round.
After his disappointing fade down the stretch of the U.S. Open, Mahan guaranteed he'd be ready the next time he went off in the final pair on the last day of a major.
He won't have to wait long to prove it.
The Texan left the British Open late Saturday afternoon as one of only three golfers with a red number alongside his name, a good measure of how Muirfield has manhandled the world's best.