Maybank Malaysian Open: Lee Westwood hopeful he can win again in Kuala Lumpur
Lee Westwood is hopeful he can put another Major near-miss behind by winning the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Last Updated: 16/04/14 2:23pm
Westwood flew straight from Georgia after finishing seventh in the Masters at the weekend, his 64th Major championship without a win.
But the 40-year-old Englishman was buoyed by recording his best finish of the season at Augusta National and will look to give himself an early birthday present - he turns 41 next Thursday - with a 13th victory in Asia.
"My game's coming along nicely," said Westwood, who was three shots off the lead heading into the final round on Sunday, but played the first four holes in three over par.
"I started working with my new coach, Mike Walker, about six weeks ago. I'm starting to hit the ball a lot better.
"I've got a lot more control, I'm driving it a lot straighter and distance control is coming back. I'm hitting my iron shots a lot closer, and my confidence is building all the time."
Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997 before it became co-sanctioned with the European Tour and Asian Tour, added: "It's been seven years since I last played in Malaysia and it's certainly nice to be back.
"I'd forgotten what a fun city Kuala Lumpur is and how nice the people are here.
"Strangely, I remember more about 1998 than when I won in 1997. I came back as defending champion and lost in a play-off. I hit it in a tree with a driver off the deck.
"But the win was only my third as a professional, so it was important. I was picking up the winning habit quickly and never really got out of it. It was a good platform for me.
"I've had a lot of success in Asia but I don't really know why. Perhaps it's the grass, or the heat, but I do tend to play well out here and I enjoy it."
The event also marks the professional debut of Westwood's compatriot and last year's British Amateur champion Garrick Porteous, who missed the cut in the Masters last week.
Watch all four days of the Maybank Malaysian Open live on Sky Sports 4, starting at 7am on Thursday