Lee Westwood takes the lead in Indonesia

DEFENDING champion Lee Westwood shot a seven-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

DEFENDING champion Lee Westwood shot a seven-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

The world No 3, attached to Close House, opened his round with three consecutive birdies and added six more at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, along with two bogeys.

Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand shot a bogey-free 67 to hold second place.

Westwood took last week off after finishing third at the Masters, and said he felt rejuvenated after getting some rest.

“I had hardly hit any balls last week,” he said. “I played a lot of golf earlier this year and needed a rest.

“It was good to go home and recharge my batteries because the Masters always takes a lot out of you.”

In the Volvo China Open in Tianjin, Matthew Baldwin enjoyed one of his best days since joining the European Tour to take a one-shot lead after the first round. The 26-year-old Englishman fired a seven-under-par 65 to sit ahead of a five-way tie for second, with compatriot Gary Boyd, Dutchman Joost Luiten, Australian Scott Strange, France’s Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Swede Fredrik Andersson-Hed Binhai Lake all on 66.

Baldwin enjoyed seven birdies on a blemish-free scorecard, picking up shots on the first, fifth and seventh before three in a row on nine, 10 and 11. He then birdied the 17th to separate himself from the pack.

“It was very good today so I am happy with that,” said Baldwin, whose best finish to date on the European Tour was a tie for 10th at the season-opening Africa Open. “I just tried to keep everything as simple as I could. ”

Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm was among a host of players tied eighth two strokes off the pace, with Ashington’s Kenneth Ferrie heading for a missed cut after a six-over 78.

Ian Poulter and Peter Hanson, two weeks after top 10 finishes at the Masters, were on one under par.

 
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