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Westwood shoots 60

Ping Golf's Lee Westwood was on a Thai high last night after hitting the best round of his career - a sensational 12-under-par 60.

The English ace recorded 10 birdies and an eagle in the opening round of the Thailand Golf Championship to take a five-shot lead over closest challenger John Daly.

The world No.3 set the tone for his round with a storming start. He hit birdies at one, three, four and five and an eagle at the par-five second.

Another birdie at the seventh meant he reached the turn in 29 and a further five birdies coming home maintained his momentum.

Westwood's blistering round set a new course record at the Amata Spring Country Club but the 38-year-old could not hide his disappointment at missing out on golf's exclusive 59 club.

He said: "I made a dream start and you start thinking about 59. I came close but messed it up with a few pars!

"I missed on 11 from about 10 feet, left it short, and at 14 I left it short in the middle but you can't shoot 60 without making a few 15-20 footers and I did that so I can have no real complaints.

"I guess 59 is one of those numbers where if it is meant to be it is meant to be."

Westwood's round was even more remarkable given the difficult wind in Chonburi.

The Ryder Cup star said: "It's not really a 60 course. It was a bit breezy out there.

"My caddie Billy Foster said he thought he had seen the best round of golf ever when I shot 62 at the Nedbank a few weeks ago but he claims this was even better, so I am making progress!"

American star Daly was happy with his 65 although he admitted he was blown away by Westwood's tally.

Daly, who stormed off the course during the Australian Open last month after hitting six shots into a lake, carded five birdies and an eagle.

He said: "It was solid. I thought 7-under might be a low round but what Lee did was incredible."

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