Lee Westwood

Westwood won the last of his 23 European Tour titles in Malaysia in 2014

England’s Lee Westwood shot a 10-under-par 62 to move into contention at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur.

Westwood was two over after 10 holes of his first round, which he finished in level par, but has gone 12 under for his last 26 holes for a 10-under total.

He is one shot behind Nino Bertasio of Italy and Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, who both carded 65.

England’s Chris Paisley, Scotland’s Marc Warren and Japan’s Juka Ikeda are also on 10 under alongside Westwood.

Warren was one of the 40 players who had to return to complete their first rounds after storms on Thursday forced an early end to proceedings.

Former Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke shot a four-under-par 68 to make his first cut at a European Tour event since the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Westwood has won twice in Malaysia, including his last European Tour win in 2014.

“It’s nice to be in contention and to know this golf course well,” the 44-year-old said.

“I was touring pro for this course, so I’ve probably played it more than most and I know where to hit it.

“I played all right the first three weeks of the year. I missed the first two cuts but today I just freewheeled and had fun out there.”

News Reporter

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