(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist They urged him along - in the proper British manner, of course - as Lee Westwood gingerly made his way Friday around the baked links of Muirfield. Nothing to get overly excited about, because it was only the second round of the British Open and this, after all, was an act they had seen before.
Westwood didn't seem terribly excited himself, perhaps because he understands only too well what trouble lies ahead. Muirfield, with its slick greens and nasty rough, will be a treacherous place this weekend with potential disaster lurking on every shot.
Still, the people in the grandstands quietly pulling for Westwood had to ponder the possibilities. So did Westwood himself after a 68 that left him just a shot off the lead midway through the Open.
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