Westwood Leads The Way

Sat 21 Apr 2012

Westwood Leads The Way

Jakarta, April 21: Lee Westwood’s charge in the third round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by PNTS came to a halt as play was abandoned due to adverse weather on Saturday.

The world number three birdied the first and fourth holes to move to 13-under before play was suspended due to lightning threats at 1.08pm. Play was subsequently called off for the day at 5pm as weather conditions did not improve at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Title holder Westwood, who finished third at the Masters tournament two weeks ago, will be among 69 players who will return at 6.45am Sunday to complete their rounds. The fourth and final round will start at 9.30am.

“The suspension stopped a bit of momentum going but if it is dangerous weather out there then it is the safest thing to do. It is disappointing for everybody – the players, sponsors and the spectators but this is the nature of the weather in this part of the world.

“I’m in a good position and I’ll come out tomorrow and try to keep the form up,” said the Englishman, ranked third in the world.

Zaw Moe of Myanmar was Westwood’s closest challenger as he lies on nine-under through four holes at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.

“You have to be mentally strong especially in this sort of weather delays. I made four straight pars so I’ll need to get some momentum going when I return tomorrow (Sunday),” said Moe, who last won on the Asian Tour in 1997.

Lee Sung of Korea played through five holes and was seven-under with Shiv Kapur of India and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who both completed four holes before play was stopped.

Sponsors and partners of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will enjoy widespread exposure via a strong local media platform and the Asian Tour’s global television platform, which reaches out live to over 200 countries and 650 million households, Highlights, Asian Tour Golf Show and Golfing World.


Indonesia’s premier news channel, Metro TV, will also be broadcasting the event locally for 10 hours live and will be airing additional shows and features related to the event and the positive impact it has on the economy of Indonesia.


Other partners include the event’s Presenting Sponsor Pelayaran Nasional Tanjungriau Service (PNTS), Garuda Indonesia (Official Airline), Indonesian World Class Energy Company, Pertamina, Salonpas by Hisamitsu BMW (Official Car), Coca-Cola (Official Drinks Partner), Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta (Official Hotel), Thiess Indonesia (Main Partner), Navigat Energy (Main Partner), Pertamina (Main Partner), Linc Group (Main Partner), Salonpas (Main Partner), Hush Puppies Golf (Official Apparel) and San Miguel (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Handset), Srixon (Official Ball), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment) and Casillero del Diablo (Official Wine).


About CIMB Niaga

CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 901 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 December 2011, including 630 branches, 233 Mikro Laju units, and 38 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 13.600 employees.


CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.


CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, the US and UK. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of RM55.3 billion as at 31 December 2011. The Group has over 40.000 employees located in 14 countries.


About the Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.