Westwood wins with a shot to spare

Lee Westwood posted a final round 67 to lift the Thailand Golf Championship
Lee Westwood posted a final round 67 to lift the Thailand Golf Championship

Lee Westwood hit an impressive final-round 67 to win the Thailand Golf Championship by one shot on Sunday.

The former world number one started the final round two shots back of Australian Marcus Fraser and seemed to have fallen out of the equation when he opened with two successive bogeys.

However, the Englishman showed his mettle with a stunning comeback where he fired four straight birdies starting from the par-four sixth hole.

He continued his amazing birdie blitz by marking his card with more red numbers on holes 11, 14 and 15 to seal his second Thailand Golf Championship win.

“My caddy, Billy told me there were opportunities to pick some shots up in the middle of the round after I made those two bogeys.

“I did that and didn’t drop any more shots and gave myself lots of chances,” said Westwood.

“This is my last event of the year and it’s nice to finish with a win and go into Christmas and start the New Year with confidence.

“I know what I’ve got to work on and I’ll be doing that over the next six weeks before the season starts again,” he added.

Overnight leader Marcus Fraser of Australia and Germany’s Martin Kaymer had their chances to force extra-time with Westwood but fell just short on the 72nd hole and were left to settle for a share of second place on a total of 281.

Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood was two shots further back in fourth after carding a final-round 70 at Amata Spring Country Club, while defending champion Spain’s Sergio Garcia finished ninth on two under after his score of 69 on Sunday saw him move up a spot.

Bubba Watson of America ended the tournament in joint 25th after struggling with scores of 76 and 77 in rounds one and three respectively - on the par-72 course.

The 2011 Open Champion, Darren Clarke, fared even worse posting scores of 75, 75, 73 and 74 meaning that he was left to finish in a five-way tie for 50th.