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Westwood cashes in with Thailand Golf Championship, marks 42nd career victory

Final Round –Asian Tour –Thailand Golf Championship –Amata Spring Country Club – Bangkok, Thailand –

Former World No. 1 Lee Westwood shot 5-under-67 Sunday at Amata Spring Country Club to win the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour.

It marked the Englishman’s 42nd career worldwide victory.

Westwood entered the final round at T-3 with Martin Kaymer just two back of 54-hole leader Aussie Marcus Fraser. The three-way duel finished up with Kaymer and Fraser just a shot back.

Westwood opened with two bogeys in the final round before rallying with four straight birdies to close out his front nine. He tacked on three more birdies in the final nine including back-to-back birdies at the 14th and 15th holes to finish 8-under overall. He needed just 24 putts Sunday.

Kaymer was 5-under on his final round until a bogey at the 71st hole cost him a shot at a playoff. Fraser missed out on a playoff with a bogey at the final hole. Tommy Fleetwood, the 36-hole leader, finished alone in fourth place.

Sergio Garcia was T-9 for the week at 2-under overall. Masters champion Bubba Watson was T-25.
Westwood captured the Maybank Malaysia Open earlier in 2014 on the European Tour. He came into Bangkok at 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking and as a 14-to-1 betting pick at skybet.com.

On the European Tour, he ended up 27th in the Race to Dubai standings this season. His best run on the PGA Tour was a T-6 at The Players Championship and a T-7 at the Masters in Augusta in 18 starts.

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• The team of Jason Day-Cameron Tringale (32-under) edged defending champions Matt Kuchar-Harris English to win the Franklin Templeton Shoot Out in Naples. It marked for the first pro win for Tringale. The duo was a 7 ½-1 betting pick to start the week.
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• Jimmy Walker finished 2014 with three victories on the PGA Tour. He was also third in Birdie Average.