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Lee Westwood sinks hole in one at Malaysia Classic

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Lee Westwood sunk a hole in one, during a round of 65 to help him move into serious contention for the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

The 41-year-old carded five birdies during the spectacular round, with the hole in one coming on the par three, 11th hole, which is 226 yards long.

Westwood took a hybrid club to hit the hole in one; which landed about ten feet in front of the pin, before rolling steadily towards the flag and dropping, helping the Englishman on his way to a seven under par round. 

REALISTIC CHANCE

The world number 46 moved into joint third on seven under par at the half way stage; along with six other players, just three shots behind tournament leader Billy Hurley III. Kevin Streelman sits in second position on eight under par. 

Westwood won the Maybank Malaysian Open on the same course back in April and has a serious chance of winning here again if he can continue in similar form to Friday.

"I went back out after the rain delay and birdied two of the last three and had a really good chance at 17 as well, so I’m pleased with the way I finished and 65 has got me right into the tournament," he told reporters. 

HOLE IN ONE

The hole in one is around Westwood's fourteenth in total, according to the Englishman who admitted to not being quite sure of how many he has recorded. 

“You remember the ones that you won something for. I had a hole in one in Germany once, and won a bar of gold, and that’s the only time I’ve ever won anything. Occasionally there’s been a bottle of champagne for a hole-in-one. I remember pretty much where all of them are but I’m sure I’ve forgotten one or two.

“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you got to hit it well and straight, so it happens now and again. I was aiming towards 20 feet left of the hole and trying to hit a bit of a high cut because it was just too much club. It just came out perfect," Westwood said.

CURRENT LEADERBOARD

1. Billy Hurley III (-10)
2. Kevin Streelman (-8)
T3. Lee Westwood (-7), Sergio Garcia (-7)
Kevin Na (-7)
Ryan Moore (-7)
Jeff Overton (-7)
Seung-yul Noh (-7)
Kevin Chappell (-7)
10. Jonas Blixt (-6)

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