Westwood Wins Thrilling Tournament in Thailand

Lee Westwood in 2010.

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Former world No. 1 Lee Westwood claimed a spectacular victory by seven strokes at the Thailand Golf Championship by playing the best golf of his career on Sunday. The 38-year-old Englishman outclassed US Masters 2011winner Charl Schwartzel to take the winner’s trophy at Amata Spring Country Club.

It is the Briton’s third victory in Asia this season that moved him one place up behind fellow Englishman Luke Donald, ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. Westwood had showed consistently good performance during the entire tournament, including a breathtaking 12-under-par 60 in the opening round.

Westwood finished the tournament on 266 after shooting 69 in the final round. South Africa’s Schwartzel did his best and stayed close to the leader most of the time but finished as a runner-up after posting an even-par 72.

America’s Michael Thompson, a lesser-known golfer, took third with a 70, one shot behind Schwartzel while England’s Simon Dyson and Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol finished joint fourth.

Japanese star golfer Ryo Ishikawa had an unusually miserable performance and finished with a 73, nine over par. However, he had a good companion in misfortune – British Open champion Darren Clarke also recorded a disappointing total of 297.