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Lee Westwood aims for Malaysia glory

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Lee Westwood is hoping to continue the form he showed at the US Masters when he competes in this week's Maybank Malaysian Open.

Westwood finished seventh at Augusta and flew straight from Georgia to Kuala Lumpur hoping to repeat the feat he achieved in 1997 by winning the tournament. The 40-year old recorded his best final round of the season on Sunday and believes that his game is slowly improving thanks to his new coach.

"My game's coming along nicely," Westwood told Sky Sports, as he was three shots off the lead heading into the final round on Sunday, but played the first four holes in three over par.

"I started working with my new coach, Mike Walker, about six weeks ago. I'm starting to hit the ball a lot better.

"I've got a lot more control, I'm driving it a lot straighter and distance control is coming back. I'm hitting my iron shots a lot closer, and my confidence is building all the time."

Last week's Masters represented Westwood's 64th major without success but he will be aiming to rekindle his winning form in a part of the world he holds in high regard.

"It's been seven years since I last played in Malaysia and it's certainly nice to be back," he added.

"I'd forgotten what a fun city Kuala Lumpur is and how nice the people are here.

"Strangely, I remember more about 1998 than when I won in 1997. I came back as defending champion and lost in a play-off. I hit it in a tree with a driver off the deck.

"But the win was only my third as a professional, so it was important. I was picking up the winning habit quickly and never really got out of it. It was a good platform for me.

"I've had a lot of success in Asia but I don't really know why. Perhaps it's the grass, or the heat, but I do tend to play well out here and I enjoy it."

The event will also mark the professional debut of fellow Englishman Garrick Porteous who missed the cut at last week's Masters as an amateur but the 24-year old turned professional this week. Joining Westwood and Porteous in Malaysia is Louis Oosthuizen. The 31-year old had an impressive opening round of 69, just one shot off the lead but fell to a 25th placed finish.

The South African won this event in 2012 and is confident going into this year's tournament.

"It is always an advantage when you've won on a golf course before," Ooosthuizen told reporters. "I think it will all come down to making putts here - the greens were unbelievable this morning and I think a lot of guys will make a lot of putts.

"Last week was disappointing because I felt I played a lot better than 25th place. My game is in very good shape."

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