Westwood defends Indonesian Masters title
Sunday, April 22, 2012
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Third-ranked Lee Westwood defended his Indonesian Masters title Sunday with a two-stroke victory despite a shaky final round.
The 39-year-old Englishman, who completed his delayed third round with a 7-under 65 to take an eight-shot lead in the morning, shot a 2-over 74 in his final round at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club for a 16-under total of 272.
"Today was hard. It is never easy playing in these conditions and I had to play 32 holes," Westwood said. "I was really feeling it on the back nine. When you are in contention and under pressure, it seems to zap your energy faster."
He opened his fourth round with a birdie but then had two bogeys at the fifth and sixth holes. Westwood birdied No. 10 and followed that with a bogey, and he also dropped shots on the 13th and 14th holes.
"You never know how to play with such a big lead. ... It was a case of staying patient and calm and playing the holes correctly," Westwood said. "It was exhausting."
Former top-ranked Asian Tour player Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand shot a 5-under 67 in his final round to finish second with a 14-under 274.
Two-time winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and countryman Shiv Kapur were tied at 12-under 276 for third place, followed by compatriot Anirban Lahiri in fourth at 11 under.
The Indonesia Masters is sanctioned by the Asian Tour.
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