Westwood’s lead cut to one as Sullivan surges at Malaysia Open


KUALA LUMPUR: Englishman Andy Sullivan fired a six-under-par 66 to cut Lee Westwood’s lead to one shot after the third round of the European Tour’s Malaysian Open on Saturday. Former world number one Westwood led by four strokes overnight but could only manage a 71 in sweltering conditions at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after bogeying the last for a three-day total of 14-under. Westwood, chasing his first win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden, mixed three birdies with two dropped shots on Saturday as he failed to match the form shown in his opening rounds of 65 and 66.
Sullivan, looking for his first victory on tour, climbed up the leader board to move three strokes ahead of France’s Julien Quesne in third on 10-under. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts was a shot further back in fourth spot. The Englishman, ranked 226th in the world, gained seven shots against a lone bogey on the fourth to make rapid inroads into his compatriot’s advantage. Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, who had to jump into a lake to escape a swarm of hornets on Friday, had a less eventful round of 70 for a share of the 23rd place in the $2.75 million Asian Tour co-sanctioned event. 

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