The Englishman, looking to win The European Tour’s Flagship Event for the first time at the 20th attempt and having twice been a runner-up, birdied the short second to catch overnight leader Alejandro Cañizares.The Spaniard started with two pars as he looks to win his first event back since contracting viral meningitis last month.
There was a two shot swing on the par five fourth, where Cañizares pulled his drive almost into the trees and with twigs and a stone behind his ball, failed to get it back to the fairway.
From there he came up short of the green and failed to get up and down, while Westwood splashed out of a greenside bunker to three feet.
The birdie took Westwood to 11 under and two clear of Cañizares and Italy's Matteo Manassero, who had another birdie at the fourth.
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