Westwood closing in on first Dubai title in a decade

Lee Westwood shot a stunning 65 on Saturday to climb into contention in the DP World Tour Championship which is an event he has rich history in after winning it in 2009 – the inaugural time Jumeirah Golf Estates hosted it.

The Englishman has continued his fine vein of form after securing his first victory in four years last week in the Nedbank Golf Challenge and was delighted with how he performed in the European Tour’s season-ending event.

“I gave myself a lot of chances,” says the 46 year old. “I could have been out in 7-under quite easily! I’m hitting the ball well and getting it close a lot, so the key is patience and not getting frustrated when I was hitting good putts and they weren’t going in.”

Westwood is only one of three players to play in every DP World Tour Championship alongside Francesco Molinari and Martin Kaymer, so has the upper hand on the likes of the current leader Patrick Reed who has only participated on the Earth course twice.

“I just think experience is valuable, whatever you’re doing,” added Westwood. Whenever you’ve been in a situation before, it’s got to help. I’m just pleased I shot 65 and got myself in there and closer to the leaders. It’s a big improvement and gives me a chance tomorrow. “

Westwood’s victory here may have been 10 years ago but he can still remember it vividly. “It seems like five minutes ago! That’s how life is, isn’t it, when you get to our age. It starts to go quick.”

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