April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Lee Westwood held off a late challenge by Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant to defend his Indonesian Open title today, even after carding a 2-over-par final round.
The Englishman, No. 3 in the world rankings, finished on 16-under 272 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, two shots ahead of Wiratchant, with India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur on 12-under.
“Hopefully this will kick-start my year,” Westwood was cited as saying by the European Tour’s website. “I’ve played well without any wins so hopefully I can go on and win other tournaments.”
Westwood, who is 39 in two days, had three bogeys in his final eight holes but held on for his 38th career victory.
In Tianjin, Branden Grace claimed his third European Tour title of the season with a three-shot victory at the Volvo China Open.
The 23-year-old finished ahead of Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, with England’s Richard Finch another shot back. Grace had only come through the Tour qualifying school in the winter.
“To have three before May is literally unbelievable, but I’ve been playing well so I’ve been feeling like I can win and I’ve been giving myself opportunities,” Grace told the European Tour’s website.
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