Monday 24 July 2017

Westwood maintains 'best ever' form to move 11 shots clear

Lee Westwood was in imperious form at the Thailand Golf Championship once more yesterday, carding an eight-under-par 64 on the second day to move into an 11-shot lead.

Having raced around for the first 60 of his career on Thursday, he again impressed in the breezy conditions, moving to an astonishing 20-under-par for the two rounds. And, for the second day running, he didn't drop a shot.

He picked up four birdies coming in and four more going out, leaving him in a commanding position on 20-under, with Charl Schwartzel and Michael Thompson posing the nearest thing to a threat on nine-under. John Daly, who had been Westwood's nearest challenger at the end of the first day, carded a one-over 73.

Westwood was understandably happy with his performance, suggesting that yesterday's was even superior to Thursday's.

"Arguably a better round this morning than yesterday in windy conditions! For sure the best I've ever played," he wrote on Twitter.

Darren Clarke scraped through the cut on three-over after a second- round 76 in which he had a triple-bogey, two doubles, a bogey and four birdies.

Damien McGrane's competitive year ended with a fourth successive missed cut on four-over after his 75, while a 76 left Muskerry's Niall Turner four shots beyond the pale on seven-over.

• IAN POULTER kept a firm grip on the JBWere Aussie Masters with a second-round 68 in Melbourne. Nine-under for his first 36 holes, the Englishman led Australia's Matthew Giles by two. A second-round 70 left world No 1 Luke Donald tied 14th on three-under.

• IRELAND'S Rebecca Codd landed three birdies in the final four holes for a third-round 72 to take a share of 47th on two-over at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Codd was 12 behind American Alexis Thompson, who carded a 70 at The Emirates Club to lead Sophie Gustafson (69) by one entering the final round.

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