Westwood Enjoys Seven-Shot Triumph in Thailand

Lee Westwood closed with a 3-under 69 to win the Thailand Golf Championship at Amata Spring Country Club near Bangkok. The 38-year-old Brit ended up at 22-under 266 for his fourth title of the year.

After 36 holes, Westwood had an 11-stroke lead thanks to opening with a 60 and 64. But a 73 on Saturday brought him back to the field, with Charl Schwartzel behind by only four shots.

But Westwood came through Sunday to beat Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, who closed with a 73, by seven.

"It means a lot, any win does," Westwood said. "It's special this week because of the difficulty of the golf course, who I was up against in the weekend.

"Charl is the Masters champion and he has had a great year. The fact that I led wire to wire - 60 in the first round and 64 in the second round, 20 under after two rounds - it's yours to lose really with an 11-shot lead. There was pressured involved."

"It was a tough day. The wind probably blew the hardest today compared to the last three rounds," Sshwartzel said. "I played great. If it wasn't for Lee, I would have probably won the tournament."

Alone in third at 14-under 274 was American Michael Thompson, who closed with a 70.

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