Thursday, 08 February 2018
Lee Westwood  (Getty Images)
Lee Westwood (Getty Images)

Lee Westwood was delighted to continue his upward curve after firing an opening round of 66 at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

The Englishman is playing his fourth week in a row and after missing the cut by one shot in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, he finished in a tie for 11th in Malaysia with the help of a 62 on day two.

He is in contention once again at Lake Karrinyup Country Club where the top 24 players after 54 holes will advance to the match play knockout stages, with the top eight players seeded.

With that in mind, Westwood was refusing to get too far ahead of himself but was happy to be playing well again ahead of taking a short break from tournament golf.

It was nice to shoot 66. I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up - Lee Westwood

"The swing's just getting better all the time," he said. "It's just unfortunate I've got a long period of time off after this through different circumstances and I should be working on the game and my fitness over the few weeks after this tournament.

"I played very nicely, very solidly. Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball well, putted nicely as well without anything really going in for me. I chipped in on 15 for eagle but other than that, everything was pretty close range.

"There was a bit of breeze up but if you hit the ball well, then it's very scoreable. The golf course is in great condition. If you start putts on line, they tend to go in.

"It was nice to shoot 66. I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up, really. You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MEESAWAT, PromTHA18-12
T2CROCKER, SeanUSA18-10
T2HERBERT, LucasAUS18-10
T2OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-10
T5PAPADATOS, DimitriosAUS18-8
T5KENNEDY, BradAUS18-8

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