Dec
19
2011
Westy’s Win in Thailand Takes Him Back to Number Two
By Stephanie Wei under Asian Tour

Westwood: If only there were a major in Asia...

Lee Westwood put on a rather impressive clinic at the Thailand Golf Championship last week, snagging his third victory in Asia by a decisive seven shots over Masters champ Charl Schwartzel. Westwood fired 12-under 60 in the opening round and followed it with a 64 (in windy conditions — arguably a better round than the first, he tweeted) to match the Asian Tour’s lowest 36-hole total.

Reflecting on his play after rolling in the final putt, the Englishman reckoned it was the finest of his career:

“I’ve amazed myself really,” he said. “It’s been staggering, it all came together well. It’s probably the best I’ve ever played.”

The guy sure tends to peak at the right time of the year!

The decisive win boosted Westwood to No. 2 in the world rankings, surpassing Rory McIlroy.

Meanwhile, Ian Poulter started the day two shots behind hometown favorite Geoff Ogilvy and rallied to win the Australian Masters at Victoria Golf Club. Poulter shot a four-under 67, while Ogilvy, who matched the course record with a 63 in the third round, struggled to post a disappointing two-over 73.

Poulter’s ego remains ranked No. 1 in the world.

World No. 1 Luke Donald “staggered” in the final nine holes to close with a 40 and tied for 12th — gasp! — his worst finish in four months. In 26 starts Donald, the first player to officially win the money title on both the PGA Tour and European Tour, placed outside the top ten only seven times.

Not the best way to close out 2011, but I have a feeling his bank account won’t even notice.

(AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)