Lee Westwood enjoyed the step down in class to claim a comprehensive win in the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour. Westwood, celebrating his 38th birthday, shot a final round 69 to clinch the title by three strokes from Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
Starting the day holding a five-shot lead, Westwood carded four birdies and one bogey at Royale Jakarta Golf Club to finish comfortably clear of the Thai with a 19 under par total.
Westwood quickly extended his lead with a birdie on the opening hole, but he then bogeyed the next and reached the turn in level par. That allowed South Korean Park to mount a challenge, and Park briefly tied Westwood for the lead before dropping a shot at the 11th.
That was enough to derail the South Korean player, who quickly faded out of contention as Westwood regathered momentum with birdies at the 11th and 12th holes as Jaidee mounted a charge of his own.
Jaidee claimed second courtesy of a superb closing 65 to finish at 16-under par while Australian Marcus Both, Bangladesh’s Siddikur, South Korean Park Hyun-bin and Thailand’s Thithphun Chuayprakong all tied for third on 13 under.
Westwood can regain the world number one spot in the Official Golf World Rankings if fellow Englishman Luke Donald fails to win the Heritage on the PGA Tour. Donald holds a one-shot lead over defending champion Jim Furyk heading into the final round.
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