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VIDEO: Westwood sends ball into bleachers, clanks another off Merion wicker basket

ARDMORE, Pa. -- As Lee Westwood can attest, fans attending the U.S. Open at Merion might be wise to consider bringing along one extra piece of sports equipment: a baseball glove.

Westwood air-mailed his approach shot to the sixth green in his opening round where a bleacher-dwelling fan snagged it out of the air with his bare hands. Westwood flipped him the ball after finishing the hole. It was a nice scene:

Westwood's adventures were far from over. On the 12th hole he was tied for the lead with Phil Mickelson when his approach shot caromed off the wicker basket mounted atop the pin and rolled off the front of the green. Westwood went on to make a double-bogey six, and he hasn't had a piece of the lead since.

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by Kevin Cunningham