Sharma shoots 62 to win in Malaysia as Westwood fades


Lee Westwood

England’s Lee Westwood’s was chasing a first win since 2014

England’s Lee Westwood finished seven shots behind India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Maybank Championship with a stunning final round of 62.

Sharma hit 10 birdies in his 10-under-par total to finish on 21 under in Malaysia, with overnight leader Jorge Campillo two shots back in second.

Westwood, chasing a first title since 2014, was three shots behind Spain’s Campillo going into the final day.

But he carded a second successive score of 70 to finish on 14 under.

World number 193 Sharma, whose victory was his second on the European tour, said: “I played pretty solid and it wasn’t easy because it was windy. I kept pushing the whole day.

“I knew I had to make a lot of birdies to catch the leaders. I made a lot of birdies on the front nine and just continued on the back.”

The 21-year-old, who started the final round four shots off the lead, added: “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the leaderboard. I wanted to set a target in my mind and try to achieve it.

“On the 13th I knew I was somewhere near the leaders but on 16 I knew I had a two-shot lead. I told myself ‘if I can make two more birdies, that would give me a good chance to win’.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/42936165

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