AUGUSTA, Ga. -- With his trademark dry wit, Lee Westwood might have reeled off the best line of the day gfive the state of affairs at the Masters on Fridat afternoon, where kids were running circles around their elders.
With 21-year-old Rory McIlroy leading and 23-year-old Jason Day in solo second place, the world No. 2 was asked if there were any advantages they might possess despite their comparative lack of experience.
"No wrinkles," Westwood deadpanned.
They might have a few by the end of the third round Saturday given the big boys amassed behind them, including Westwood, who shot 5-under 67 to move into a share of seventh place, five strokes behid his pal and former Ryder Cup teammate, McIlroy.
Westwood was wandering along, not doing anything memorable, when he eagled the 15th hole to jumpe onto the scoreboard. He finished second to Phil Mickelson at Augusta National last year.
Three of the 10 players tied or ahead of him have never won a PGA Tour title, so Westwood is counting on his own wrinkles to be of a benefit. There are few courses in golf, if any, where experience is more crucial, because Augusta has more nuances than it has pine trees.
"Very important," Westwood said. "I used it today. I was through the turn in a couple under, 1 under through seven, missed a few chances and kept telling myself to be patient. A lot of things can happen around that back nine.
"I didn't really make too many putts, and still managed to shoot 3-under around the back nine and 67 is always a good score. You always move forward with that. This is the sort of epitome of tournaments where experience is so valuable."