Westwood's lead cut to one in Malaysia

Sat 19 Apr 2014

Westwood's lead cut to one in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, April 19: Overnight leader Lee Westwood saw his overnight four-shot lead reduced to one stroke by countryman Andy Sullivan after a tough third round at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Saturday.
Englishman Westwood, winner here in 1997, battled to a one-under-par 71 under sweltering conditions for a three-day total of 14-under-par 202 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Former Walker star Sullivan produced the day’s joint low round of 66 to charge into contention at the US$2.75 million championship sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Frenchman Julien Quesne fired a 69 to lie four off the pace in third place while Ryder Cup star Nicholas Colsaerts of Belgium settled for a 72 to trail a further shot back in the Malaysian capital.
Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, a winner on the Asian Tour last season, was the best placed Asian in tied fifth position following a 70, six shots behind Westwood who has led since the opening round. Filipino Antonio Lascuna, playing in the last group with Westwood, shot a disappointing 77 to drop to tied 23rd position.
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium
Westwood dropped a bogey at the finishing hole as he battled hard to hold on to his overnight lead to stay in the hunt to end a two-year title drought which dates back to the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden.
“It was really hot. That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time. It was a real grind. I was leaking out there a little bit. You can get glazed up and lose your concentration quite easily. But I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that,” said Westwood, who has won 12 times in the region.
The world number 36 was two-under for the day through 11 holes before the birdies dried up.  He parred the next six holes but missed a par putt on 18 to allow Sullivan to get to within one of the lead.
“It will be hot again so I’ll have to try to keep control of my swing, the ball and my emotions. It is easy to get wound up when it is as hot and humid as this,” said Westwood, who turns 41 next week.
Sullivan, 27, was delighted to set up a final day shootout against Westwood, whom he idolises. The young Englishman made a big move highlighted by three straight birdies from the fifth hole after dropping his only shot on four.
Like most in the field, Sullivan ran on fumes and needed a birdie on 16 to keep his round going. “I felt myself getting a bit tired coming up on 15 and 16. I had a couple of sloppy swings in there but I didn’t drop any shots. I holed a good putt on 16 to keep the momentum going. It was tough out there to keep your concentration but I’m glad my adrenaline kept me going,” he said.
Quesne, a two-time European Tour winner, recovered from an opening bogey by shooting four consecutive birdies from hole four. He traded three more birdies against as many bogeys on his homeward nine to stay four shots from the leader.
“The first three holes were not so good for me but I birdied four in a row which was good. I hit a few bad shots in the middle of the round but I’m glad with how I recovered,” said Quesne.
The heat almost got the better of 2012 Ryder Cup star Colsaerts but he kept his cool by dipping his hands in ice. An important birdie on the last gave the Belgian a fighting chance to win the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Julien Quesne of France Julien Quesne of France
“Nothing went right today. I didn’t play that well and I putted awfully. When you look at how many putts I had today – if I didn’t miss a few of these short ones it wouldn’t be so bad. You know, you’re dripping sweat everywhere and it throws you off sometimes. I was dipping my arms in ice to get some feel back. It’s not easy,” said the powerful Colsaerts.
Title holder Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand had to withdraw before the start of the third round due to tonsillitis.
Ends.
Scores after round 3 of the Maybank Malaysia Open 2014 being played at the par 72, 6967 Yards Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course (a- denotes amateur):
202 - Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 65-66-71.
203 - Andy SULLIVAN (ENG) 70-67-66.
206 - Julien QUESNE (FRA) 68-69-69.
207 - Nicolas COLSAERTS (BEL) 66-69-72.
208 - Rikard KARLBERG (SWE) 72-69-67, Garth MULROY (RSA) 71-68-69, Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 68-70-70, Ricardo SANTOS (POR) 67-71-70, Eduardo DE LA RIVA (ESP) 69-68-71, Danny WILLETT (ENG) 70-66-72.
209 - Tom LEWIS (ENG) 70-71-68, Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 72-68-69, Scott JAMIESON (SCO) 68-71-70.
210 - Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 71-72-67, Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 70-71-69, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 72-72-66, Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 69-71-70.
211 - Richard BLAND (ENG) 73-69-69, Jason KNUTZON (USA) 75-67-69, Thomas PIETERS (BEL) 75-67-69, Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 69-72-70, Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 68-71-72.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,200 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People’s Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
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The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour’s innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf,www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line. We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment),  Astro (Official Satellite TV), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).