x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Lee Westwood opens five-shot lead at Indonesian Masters

The Briton shoots a second straight six-under par 66 despite a bogey on the last hole.

Lee Westwood could be the world No 1 again at the end of the weekend.
Lee Westwood could be the world No 1 again at the end of the weekend.

JAKARTA // Lee Westwood took a commanding five-shot lead after the third-round of the Indonesian Masters, shooting a second straight six-under par 66 despite a bogey on the last hole.

Westwood can reclaim the No 1 ranking from Martin Kaymer with a victory if Luke Donald fails to win The Heritage at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Donald has a one-stroke lead after 36 holes.

Westwood started with three straight birdies before dropping a shot on the fourth. He added five more birdies before faltering on the par-5 18th — which he had birdied in the last two rounds — for a 16-under total of 200.

"This course is one of the best courses in Asia and the greens were great after last night's rain," Westwood said. "I'm here to win a tournament. World rankings seem to take care of themselves."

The heat and humidity did not appear to be affecting Westwood, who celebrates his 38th birthday tomorrow. But others were affected, including Westwood's caddie — seen lying on the edge of the green twice while trying to stay cool.

Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand and Park Hyun-bin of South Korea were tied for second.

"You won't get many opportunities of playing with one of the world's best golfers," said Chuayprakong, looking ahead to the final round. "I'm really looking forward to it."