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Westwood hits a new low... and what a cracker it is

Lee Westwood hesitated here yesterday before boarding the motorboat on the 17th which transports the players to the island green. Perhaps he didn't believe he needed its assistance. After all, he'd been walking on water all day.

At the time, the Englishman was 11-under, and had he made that 15-footer on the penultimate hole he would have chalked up the magical 59 in the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club.

Instead it was merely a 60, the lowest score of his career.

Westwood said: “It wasn't meant to be.”

Westwood had just compiled what he labelled “the best round I ever played.”

That was some commendation, but was not as gilt-edged as that of Billy Foster. Having been caddie to Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Darren Clarke, the Yorkshireman thought that he had witnessed it all.

“In my 30 years out here that was the best round I've ever seen,” he said. “The only thing which compares to this is Darren Clarke's 60 at the K Club.”

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Meanwhile, Clarke compiled arguably his best nine holes since winning July's Open.

On the outward half, Clarke shot a four-over par 40 but his day changed utterly as he fired off five birdies on a bogey-free homeward 31 for a 71 and is tied 27th on one-under.

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