West­wood strolls to win in Malaysia

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A four-hour weather de­lay was the only ob­sta­cle for Lee West­wood as the English­man can­tered to a sev­en­stroke win in the Euro­pean Tour’s Malaysian Open yes­ter­day to end an al­most two-year tro­phy drought.

For­mer world num­ber one, leading by a stroke ahead of com­pa­triot Andy Sul­li­van, carded a bo­gey-free fi­nal round of four-un­der-par 68 for a four-day to­tal of 18-un­der.

Aus­trian Bernd Wies­berger (67), South African Louis Oosthuizen (68) and Bel­gian Ni­co­las Col­saerts (70) fin­ished tied for the sec­ond spot at 11-un­der.

Once the 27-year old Sul­li­van found wa­ter at the sec­ond hole for a triple bo­gey seven, there was no catch­ing West­wood, whose last tri­umph came at the 2012 Nordea Masters in Swe­den.

Sul­li­van fought back with a hat­trick of birdies from the fourth but suf­fered an as­ton­ish­ing melt­down af­ter that as he went on to drop six more shots to fin­ish tied 13th with a fi­nal-round 78.

Play was sus­pended for over four hours at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Coun­try Club due to light­ning threat but it pro­vided no respite for the chas­ing pack as West­wood re­turned to sink two more birdies on the 13th and the fi­nal hole.

The 40-year-old, who fin­ished sev­enth at the Masters last week, cred­ited the re­cent changes he had made to his game for the turn­around.

“I started work­ing with a new coach a few weeks ago, Mike Walker, and Billy Fos­ter came back on the bag at the end of last year, so I was go­ing back to what I had done be­fore be­cause it had worked,” West­wood said af­ter win­ning the $2.75 mil­lion Asian Tour co-sanc­tioned event.

“It’s started to work al­ready - the last cou­ple of weeks I’ve played well in Hous­ton and at the Masters last week and this week I’ve ob­vi­ously played very well.”

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