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Golf: Jet-setter Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead

Published on Apr 17, 2014 5:22 PM
 
Lee Westwood of England tees off on the seventh hole during the opening day of the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2014.  Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Thursday.

The Englishman fired eight birdies in his early round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after completing the marathon journey from Augusta, Georgia where he finished seventh at the US Masters on Sunday.

Former world No. 1 Westwood, now ranked 36th, is without a win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden but put himself in position to change that after grabbing a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium (66).

"I played well. I didn't make the best of starts bogeying the par-five 10th, the first hole of the day, but fortunately that didn't set the tone for the day. I hit it really well and hit it close a lot," Westwood told reporters.

 
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