Thursday, February 05, 2015


Kuala Lumpur: Lee Westwood continued his love affair with the Maybank Malaysian Open by opening with a brilliant six-under-par 66 to share the early clubhouse lead with Graeme McDowell today
The Englishman fired seven birdies which was matched by his equally impressive Ryder Cup team-mate McDowell of Northern Ireland at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club West Course.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia started strongly with a 67 to tie for third with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood at the US $3 million event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Westwood put himself in strong position to win the Maybank Malaysian Open for a record-equalling third time after displaying another dominant performance on the West Course, where he won by seven shots last year.
“I’ll take that. I putted very nicely and started the ball on line well. I left a couple short in the middle when I was fooled by the grain, but overall I’m very happy. It’s probably the toughest I’ve ever seen this golf course play,” said Westwood.
“It’s in very similar condition. The wind just made it that little bit harder – not the fact it’s blowing particularly hard, but that it’s changing direction. It egets very confusing,” added the Englishman, who is ranked 30th in the world.
McDowell, playing in the Maybank Malaysian Open for the first time since 2008, kept his emotions under control on a humid day. He made only one bogey on the par four sixth hole but battled into contention with two birdies in his closing three holes.
“This morning I was really trying not to over-react to any mistakes I made. It really is too hot to get mad out there, so you have to keep your emotions under control and obviously stay hydrated and cool and try to embrace it,” said McDowell.
Playing in only his second event in 2015, the Ulsterman fancies his chances of winning his first title this year.
“I work off the course over the winter improving some things physically and in my swing, and things seem to be clicking really well. It is early days, but I’m feeling relaxed and my attitude’s good too. If I can continue that for the rest of the year then good things will come,” he added.

66 L Westwood (Eng) , G McDowell (NIr)
67 S Kang (SKor) , D Chia (Mas) , T Fleetwood (Eng)
68 A Cañizares (Esp) , A Hansen (Den) , R Bland (Eng) , P Meesawat (Tha)
69 A Dodt (Aus) , P Waring (Eng) , P McGinley (Irl) , R Lee (Can) , S Gallacher (Sco) , J Higginbottom (Aus) 
70 R Rock (Eng), F Aguilar (Chi) , S Barr (Aus), M Warren (Sco) , R Wattel (Fra) , A Lahiri (Ind), A Sullivan (Eng), R Karlsson (Swe) , B Wiesberger (Aut) , G Bourdy (Fra) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , E Grillo (Arg) , A Quiros (Esp) , M Jamil (Mas)
71 T Pilkadaris (Aus) , J Pagunsan (Phi) , N Fung (Mas) , J Quesne (Fra) , M Foster (Eng) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , P Lawrie (Irl) , C Phadungsil (Tha) , M Lundberg (Swe) 
72 G Stal (Fra) , A Que (Phi) , N Holman (Aus) , P Uihlein (USA) , G Havret (Fra) , S Kapur (Ind) , K Broberg (Swe) , A Vongvanij (Tha) , D Lipsky (USA) , E Molinari (Ita) , T Jaidee (Tha) , S Dyson (Eng) , M Madsen (Den) , P Peterson (USA) , M Fraser (Aus) , M Jiménez (Esp) , L Bjerregaard (Den)
73 S Hend (Aus) , R Khan (Ind) , O Fisher (Eng) , P Larrazábal (Esp) , B Easton (RSA) , R Karlberg (Swe) , W Ormsby (Aus) , O Wilson (Eng) , S Jamieson (Sco) , U Park (Aus) , D Howell (Eng) , T Pieters (Bel), J Morrison (Eng) , R Finch (Eng) , J Colomo (Esp) , C Pigem (Esp) , S Brazel (Aus) , H Otto (RSA) , J Singh (Ind) , S Othman (Mas) , M Baldwin (Eng) , R Nachimuthu (Mas) , P Hedblom (Swe) 
74 M Tabuena (Phi) , S Yates (Sco) , K Pratt (Aus), G Bhullar (Ind) , S Sivachandran (Mas) , A Lascuna (Phi) , A Zahari (Mas) , L Wen-Chong (Chn) , F Zanotti (Par) , J Carlsson (Swe) , T Khrongpha (Tha) , P Marksaeng (Tha) , G Green (am) (Mas)
75 J Knutzon (USA) , A Kang (USA) , K Kheng Hwai (Mas) , Y Wei-Tze (Tpe) , A Groom (Aus) , M Hoey (NIr) , D McGrane (Irl) , M Manassero (Ita) , T Hatton (Eng) , H Chien-Yao (Tpe) , C Nirat (Tha)
76 M Crespi (Ita) , S Baek (Kor) , M Perera (Sri) , A Atwal (Ind) , R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) , G Charoenkul (Tha) , J Kruger (RSA) , K Baharin (Mas) , C Plaphol (Tha) , M Mamat (Sin) , M Kawamura (Jpn) , A Irawan (Mas) , S Lewton (Eng) , W Choo (Mas) , T Aiken (RSA) , S Chawrasia (Ind) , D Abd Aziz (am) (Mas) , G Green (am) (Mas) 
77 S Rahman (Ban) , D Brooks (Eng) , G Storm (Eng) , J Janewattananond (Tha) , M Fitzpatrick (Eng) , A Forsyth (Sco) , S Muda (Mas) , P Junhasavasdikul (Tha) , J Wang (SKor), L Wei-Chih (Tpe) , R Gangjee (Ind) 
78 K Richardson (Aus) , J Randhawa (Ind), S Hussin (Mas) , Y Yang (Kor) , J Jeong (SKor) , S Khan (Eng) , N Tantipokhakul (Tha) , T Olesen (Den) , A Da Silva (Bra) 
79 T Wiratchant (Tha) , E Pepperell (Eng) , H Jamil (Mas) , B Henson (USA) , P Pittayarat (Tha)
80 S Supupramai (Tha) , K Aphibarnrat (Tha) , R Wannasrichan (Tha) , S Yasin (Mas) , M Both (Aus) 
81 B Leong (Mas) , C Tuck-Soon (Mas)
83 R Amin (Mas) , L Weber (Fra)
84 L Yu Shuen (Mas)



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