Maybank Malaysian Open: Lee Westwood four clear as Pablo Larrazabal comes under attack
Last Updated: 18/04/14 2:00pm
Lee Westwood continued to move swimmingly towards his first title since 2012 during a second round of the Maybank Malaysian Open that saw Pablo Larrazabal forced to dive into a lake
Englishman Westwood carded a 66 to follow up his opening day 65 to move to 13 under par at the halfway stage of the tournament, putting him in a four-shot lead.
Second round leaderboard
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-13 L Westwood
-9 A Lascuna (Phi)
-9 N Colsaerts (Bel)
-8 D Willett
Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines are the nearest challengers to the 40-year-old from Worksop whose last tournament success came at the Nordea Masters in Sweden nearly two years ago.
The only blemish on Westwood’s card came at the 11th, his tee shot finding the water hazard just shy of the green.
"I played well," he told Sky Sports after managing eight birdies for the second successive day.
"On the front nine I shot five under (for the second day running) and I think the longest putt I holed was from four feet on the first. It was solid stuff.
"I got a little unlucky at 11 I thought, it was one of the best shots I hit all day and the wind just gusted on me and it came up short in the water. But I rallied after that and ended up shooting 66."
Water happened to aid one golfer during Friday’s action, with Larrazabal needing to take evasive action after being attacked by hornets while playing the fifth hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
The Spaniard was stung several times and yet despite the drama, managed to dry himself off and make a birdie at the hole. He made another on the seventh, too, on his way to a score of 68 that means he will still be around for the weekend.
"Tomorrow it will be very, very scary to play that hole. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but hopefully I will play it as quickly as I can,” Larrazabal said afterwards.
"The referees and a doctor took me aside and gave me a couple of injections and told me to relax. After the injections I felt a lot better and could continue. Without the help of the referees I couldn't have finished the round, because I was in no state to play golf.”
Colsaerts managed four birdies on his front nine but failed to maintain such high standards after the turn, his putter going cold. A bogey at the 16th meant he signed for a 69.
Lascuna’s 65 included eight birdies and one bogey to set the early clubhouse lead. He ended up in a share of second, one ahead of Englishman Danny Willett (66).
Another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, is in a three-man group on seven under alongside Frenchman Julien Quesne and Eduardo de la Riva of Spain.