Westwood eases through first match in Spain

WORKSOP’S Lee Westwood passed his first World Match Play Championship test with flying colours yesterday, defeating Anders Hansen 6&5.

The world number one began his match at Finca Cortesin in Spain with a bogey, but soon racked up the birdies to defeat his Danish opponent.

Westwood said: “Well, I’m obviously pleased to win my first round match. I didn’t think it was going to be an easy game against Anders, because you know, he’s been playing very well just recently. And he historically plays well this time of the year. He’s won the PGA Championship, which is next week, and you tend to find that players play well during certain spells during the year. So I had to be on my guard today.”

“I got off to a slowish start. I bogeyed the first, but then I birdied 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, which obviously was a good run and was always going to be tough to hold off.”

Top seed Westwood will now take on Aaron Baddeley in his second group match.