Westwood shining in Malaysia again

Second Round — European Tour — Maybank Malaysian Open — Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia —

Defending champion and former World No.1 Lee Westwood and Alejandro Canizares are tied at 11-under through 36 holes at the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysian Open.

Westwood won the title a year ago in wire-to-wire fashion when it was hosted in April. The Englishman, now No. 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has just two bogeys through two rounds at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

He entered the week as the outright betting favorite at at 5 1/2-to-1 odds. For Canizares, he was listed at 80-1.

Canizares, a past champion on the European Tour, fired a bogey-free 7-under-65 in round two. Bernd Wiesberger is third at 8-under, while Graeme McDowell sits at 5-under and six back in 8th place.

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