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Westwood takes the positives

Lee Westwood was pleased with his second round effort at Sawgrass to keep in the mix for the Players Championship.

The Englishman sits six shots off the lead at six-under after his round of 71, including a rare birdie on the 17th, which followed his first round score of 67.

He told Sky Sports afterwards that he had done "pretty well" considering he had played in the afternoon when conditions are slightly less favourable.

"I mean obviously it's a bit trickier in the afternoons than its always going to be first thing in the morning but I didn't really play any different to yesterday," he said.

"It was a game of inches today for me. I missed a couple of fairways where I got hammered for it but all-in-all I played nicely so I was quite pleased with the way things went."

Swing changes

Westwood has been working with Mike Walker on his swing, having previously worked with Sean Foley and Pete Cowan. He worked with Foley for fewer than six months before deciding that he did not need a complete rebuild.

Speaking of his new partnership, he added: "It's certainly more comfortable working with Mike than doing the changes that Shaun was trying to get me to do.

"A lot of the stuff with Shaun was changing, my set-up and ball position and things like that, which I found really uncomfortable - I've always played the ball quite well back in the stance and I've always had a bent left arm coming into the ball and with Shaun it was more the ball up and trying to hit the ball on the up which I've never done so I was always going to find that tricky.

"Now, like you say, I'm working with Mike, he's more down the Pete Cowan method of teaching and I'm feeling the positions that he's trying to teach me and I'm a lot more comfortable with that and I can play it on the course a lot easier."