Lee Westwood feeling at home as he aims for Kuala Lumpur double

Phil Casey 07:18 30/10/2014
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King of Asia: Lee Westwood.

England’s Lee Westwood will look to complete a unique double at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club this week.

Westwood is part of a 78-strong field for the CIMB Classic, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour and is being held on the same course where he won the Maybank Malaysian Open on the European Tour in April.

And the former world No1 could then make it an impressive three wins on the same course in 10 months, with the Malaysian Open switching to February on the 2015 European Tour schedule.

“I’m playing nicely at the mo­ment,” Westwood told a pre-tour­nament press conference. “I played well in Napa (finishing 12th at the Frys.com Open) a couple of weeks ago and it’s nice for me that it’s a nice setting here.”

Westwood won his 13th tourna­ment in Asia the week after finish­ing seventh in the Masters and add­ed: “I played it at 18-under-par and won by seven so you’d have to say it suits my game. That was a great week and it’s strange I’m going to be playing three tournaments in 10 months on this golf course.

“It doesn’t often happen and there’s obviously the reason for that…it’s obviously a good golf course because they keep putting tournaments around it and people enjoy playing it.

“I’m the most recent winner around this golf course so I’m pret­ty confident as far as this week’s tournament is concerned.”

Westwood has won in Korea, In­donesia, Thailand, Japan, Macau and Malaysia and knows exactly what is needed to succeed in the testing conditions which can usual­ly be relied upon to spark afternoon thunderstorms.

“You’re not going to function if you get dehydrated out there and lose energy,” the 41-year-old added. “Your brain is going to stop working and then you need to use your com­mon sense and have good course-management skills.”

Westwood will play alongside Ry­der Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia and Gleneagles opponent Patrick Reed in the first two rounds. 

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