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Westwood takes command in Thailand

The world number three is 11 strokes ahead of the chasing pack at the Thailand Championship.

Westwood battled against windy conditions on Friday.
Westwood battled against windy conditions on Friday.
Image: dycj/AP/Press Association Images

WORLD NUMBER THREE Lee Westwood holds a 11-shot lead as he continued his fine form at the Thailand Championship.

Westwood equalled the Asian Tour record  by hitting a career-best 12-under-par 60 at Chapchai Nirat yesterday and followed that up with an eight-under 64 to become the overwhelming favourite to take the tournement.

Five shots ahead of John Daly at the start of the day, the Englishman holed eight birdies to reach the halfway mark with a 124 total.

“It’s 14 now, outrageous isn’t it?” he said of his score on Eurosport, before US Masters champions Charl Schwartzel cut it down to 11.

“It’s still a long way to go. But at the same time, I’m looking forward to the weekend. I’m playing great and I’m feeling in total control. Every aspect of my game feels good.

“Strange really. Today almost felt better than yesterday. It was quite tough out there. The scoring is pretty tricky. 64 is a really good score; not that 60 wasn’t a good score yesterday.

“I hit a lot of good shots again and hit it close. (I am) delighted with two days’ work.”

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