Westwood three clear of field in Sun City

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Lee Westwood gave a golfing masterclass to sprint three shots clear of the field after the Sun City Challenge second round in South Africa yesterday. The 37-year-old World No 1 fired an eight-under-par 64, with four birdies on each nine and no bogeys, to finish on 12-under 132 at the Gary Player Country Club.

Westwood ended his round with a flourish as another immaculate approach shot to the 18th left him with a 12-foot birdie putt which he sank.

Fellow Englishman and Ryder Cup team mate Ross Fisher carded a 68 to take second spot on 135.

Westwood is competing in only his third tournament in eight weeks because of a long-term leg injury. "I was feeling a little bit rusty but I have got into the swing of things now," he said. "Today was much more like me, getting the most out of the round."

Overnight leader Padraig Harrington, another member of Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup side, could only manage a 72 as he wound up six strokes off the pace. Triple champion Ernie Els was sixth on 139.

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