Lee Westwood begins Thailand title defence in Bangkok after disappointing Nedbank Golf Challenge performance

GAINSBOROUGH Golf Club's juniors are the cream of the county.
GAINSBOROUGH Golf Club's juniors are the cream of the county.

Lee Westwood defends his Thailand Golf Championship title this weekend, at Amata Spring Country Club.

Last year’s triumph was his second at the event, having first lifted the trophy in 2011.

The tournament follows last week’s 28th place finish at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa.

Westwood had also won that event twice, but was unable to replicate those performances.

Only Soren Kjeldsen and Steven Bowditch finished lower down the leaderboard than the Worksop man.

In the first round he was two under by the 16th, but a double bogey at 17 left him even par, carding a 72.

On Friday he struggled, shooting a nine over round of 81, but he followed it with another 72 on Saturday.

A disappointing three over par round on Sunday saw him finish the tournament 12 over par.

In Bangkok this week Westwood will play alongside Victor Dubuisson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Mark Foster, meanwhile, finished 21st in the Australian PGA Championship.

Rounds of 69, 73, 77 and 75 left him six over par, six shots behind eventual play-off contenders Nathan Holman, Dylan Frittelli and Harold Varner III.