Worksop star Westwood shines in the East with Thailand Golf Championship title

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Lee Westwood is raring to get 2015 underway, after finishing the year in style with victory at the Thailand Golf Championship.

Victory at Amata Spring Country Club means the 41-year-old now has 42 career wins to his name and is ranked 43 in the world.

Having won the title in 2011 with a course record, Westwood shot a five under par final round of 67 on Sunday to seal victory by a single shot.

It was the 14th time the Worksop man has won a title on Asian soil, and he called it the perfect end to 2014.

“It’s just what I needed to end the year,” he said.

“There’s nothing like finishing off a year strongly to give you a bit of momentum going into the next year.”

“This is my last event of the year and it’s nice to finish with a win and go into Christmas and start the New Year with confidence.”

“I know what I’ve got to work on and I’ll be doing that over the next six weeks before the season starts again.”

Westwood began brightly, ending the first round in a tie for fifth place thanks to his round of 70, one shot off the lead.

And although he was only one under for Friday’s round, he moved up to second place on the leaderboard.

Three birdies and three bogeys left him level par for the third round and just two shots behind the leader Marcus Fraser.

Bogeys at the first two holes might have signalled the collapse of Westwood’s title hopes, but he really got going on the sixth, picking up seven shots from the next 10 holes.

Finishing the event eight under par, Westwood had an anxious wait for Fraser to finish, a play-off looking likely until the Australian bogeyed the 18th and handed the Worksop Golf Club export the title.

The thrilling finish added to the value of the victory for Westwood.

“When I won the Thailand Golf Championship in 2011, I had a pretty big lead.”

“But this win is obviously very special as it was a very tight day out there and I didn’t get off to the best of starts and I had lots of work to do,” he said.