Westwood seeks improved putting in Asia

Indonesian Masters preview


Posted: 18 April 2012
by Andy Roberts

Defending champ: Westwood

It's little wonder Lee Westwood is looking forward to his title defence at this week's Indonesian Masters given he's won three times in the past 12 months on the Asian Tour.

Westwood, who prevailed by three shots over Thongchai Jaidee 12 months ago, also won the Ballantine's Championship and Thailand Golf Championship, where he posted his lowest career round of 60 on day one.

“I love the people and the culture and I managed to play some very good golf to beat a strong Asian Tour field,” said the World No.3, who starts as the red-hot favourite this week.

“It will be fun to defend my title as I always enjoy competing in Asia where I have been very successful.”

But while his form is hot when it comes to Asia, one thing that certainly isn't right now is his putter.

The 38-year-old, who finished two shots out of the Masters playoff with Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, once again left his putter in the freezer at one of the majors.

“The story of the week is you have got to putt well to win the Masters, and I haven't putted well,” he added.

“I came out and missed a two-footer on the third inexplicably, and that is not the kind of thing that will give you confidence for the rest of the round.

“I've just got to keep plugging away. I don't feel like giving up just yet.”

Other leading leading contenders taking part include Thai superstar Thongchai Jaidee, Indian Shiv Kapur and American David Lipsky, who finished tied third in Malaysia last week.

Twenty Indonesian golfers have been given wild cards to play in tournament’s second edition, with local stars Rory Hie, Andik Mauluddin and George Gandranata leading the charge.

Indonesian Masters

Where?
Royale Jakarta, Indonesia

When?
Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April

The Course
Par-72; 7,304 yards

Purse
$750,000 (winner: $118,875)

Defending champion
Lee Westwood (-19)

Tournament Records
Most wins: 1 Lee Westwood
Lowest score to par: -19 Lee Westwood (2011)

Did you know?
No Indonesian has won an international tournament at home since Kasiyadi won the Indonesia Open in 1989.

Live Coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports 2 from 11am
Friday: Sky Sports 2 from 11am
Saturday: Sky Sports 1 from 10am
Sunday: Sky Sports 2 from 10am

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