Westwood leads Malaysian Open by 1|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Lee Westwood carded a 1-under 71
on Saturday to remain on top of the leaderboard of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Westwood, who is seeking his 23rd victory on the European Tour but first since
the 2012 Nordea Masters, finished three rounds at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country
Club at 14-under-par 202.
"It was tricky out there," said Westwood. "I didn't play as well as I did the
first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot."
Andy Sullivan fired a 6-under 66 to jump into second place at 13-under 203,
while Julien Quesne (69) sat in third at minus-10 and Nicolas Colsaerts (72)
owned fourth at 9-under.
Danny Willett (72), Masahiro Kawamura (70), Eduardo De la Riva (71), Ricardo
Santos (70), Garth Mulroy (69) and Rikard Karlberg (67) shared fifth at 8-
Westwood has held the lead since the end of the first round and entered
Saturday with a four-shot advantage.
The Englishman opened his third round with a 20-foot birdie putt at the first,
but gave that shot right back at the second. He later rolled in a birdie at
the fifth to move to 14-under and held a three-stroke lead at the turn.
Westwood converted an 18-foot birdie at the 11th to stretch his lead to four
strokes before Sullivan made a run at the lead.
Sullivan started his race up the leaderboard with a string of birdies at the
third, fifth, sixth and eighth around a bogey at the seventh, moving him to
He closed his round with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 16th pull within two of
"I played well again and tried to limit my mistakes," Sullivan said. "I only
made one mistake, but I got it back straight away. I'm delighted with the way
Westwood, meanwhile, parred six straight from the 12th to remain at 15-under
before a finding a bunker with his second shot at the 18th en route to a
closing bogey, which dropped his lead to just one entering the final round.
"It was a real grind, but I'm leading going into the last round so I'm quite
happy with that," stated Westwood.
NOTES: Westwood won this event in 1997 when it was a part of the co-
sanctioning Asian Tour ... Sullivan is looking for his first career win on the
European Tour. He has finished inside the top five in two of his last four
starts ... Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat withdrew prior to the start
of the third round.
04/19 07:59:48 ET