Westwood victorious as Willett contends in Malaysia

Lee Westwood of England celebrates after winning the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Lee Westwood of England celebrates after winning the Malaysian Open golf tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

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Lee Westwood bounced back from his third-round blip to win the Maybank Malaysian Open by seven strokes after a storm-delayed final round.

Play was held up for nearly four hours yesterday due to the threat of lightning at Kuala Lumpur G&CC, but Westwood, who had seen a four-shot lead cut to one by Andy Sullivan in Saturday’s third round, responded with a closing 68 to finish on 18 under par.

His nearest challengers trailed in on 11 under as Sullivan, a former Walker Cup player seeking a first European Tour win, plummeted down the field with a six-over-par 78.

Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger shot 67, South African Louis Oosthuizen 68 and Westwood’s Ryder Cup colleague Nicolas Colsaerts 70 to progress to the head of the chasing pack.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett double-bogeyed the last to drop to 10 under and a share of fifth place.

Matt Fitzpatrick, the 19-year-old amateur from Sheffield, fired a third level-par round of 71 at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town links on the PGA Tour last night to complete his three-tournament spell in America with a top-25 finish.

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