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May 2012



Lucky Number 38

Englishman Lee Westwood emerged champion at the recent CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, Indonesia’s most prestigious international golf tournament and the only Asian Tour-sanctioned event in the country. After playing what he described as an, “exhausting” 32 holes to successfully defend his Indonesian Masters title and pick up his first win of the year and 38th career victory, the 38-year-old world number three declared that, “Today was hard. It is never easy playing in these conditions and I had to play 32 holes. It was draining out there and I was really feeling it on the back nine.” Westwood actually finished tied third at the Masters of two weeks earlier. He held an eight-shot lead going into the final round but tiredness began to kick in on his homeward nine as he shot three bogeys. “It was difficult today, I had an eight-shot lead and I birdied the first but you never know how to play with such a big lead. You don’t know if you should attack or defend,” he said. Westwood won with a total of 16-under-par 272, just two shots ahead of Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, with the Indian duo of Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur tied in third place. He picked up a winner’s cheque of USD 118,875.

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