WESTWOOD SETS COURSE-RECORD 60, WINS BY SEVEN IN THAILAND

TWO WEEKS EARLIER, WESTWOOD WAS THE CHAMPION OF THE NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

2011-12-18

Lee Westwood’s second victory in three weeks, his fourth of the year, was his most dominating as he set or tied scoring marks en route to a seven-shot win at the Thailand Golf Championship. His opening-round 60 set a course record at the 7,453-yard Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok. He followed with a 64 to equal the Asian Tour’s 36-hole scoring mark at 20 under, building an 11-shot cushion heading to the weekend. He finished 22 under (60-64-73-69) for the wire-to-wire win. PING Pro Michael Thompson was solo third.

“It means a lot, any win does,” Westwood said of his 37th career title, which will move him up one spot to #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. “It’s special this week because of the difficulty of the course, and whom I was up against this weekend. I am obviously delighted.”

Two weeks earlier, Westwood was the champion of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. Before heading back to England for the holidays, the 38-year-old was positive about his season and the state of his game. “I’ve played consistently. If I was evaluating the way I’m playing now and a year ago, I’m a better player. Any time you improve you can’t be disappointed. I’m putting better, I am hitting it better. Managed my game well. Every aspect seems to be improving.”