Westwood is red hot in Sun City

Lee Westwood carded a course-record 62 to storm into a seven-shot lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Sun City resort in South Africa yesterday.

The Worksop golfer’s magnificent round featured ten birdies and not a single bogey and left the world No.3, right, well on course to retain his title and claim a first prize of almost £800,000.

Second-round leader Graeme McDowell shared second spot with Sweden’s Robert Karlsson on nine under, with American Jason Dufner and Germany’s Martin Kaymer tied for fourth a shot further back. Birdies came in bursts for Westwood – first between two and four, another run of three between nine and 11 and most spectacularly of all a streak of four between the 14th and 17th, completed when he stroked in a six-foot put to ease to ten under.

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Home favourite Charl Schwartzel recorded the second-best round of the day with a four-under 68 which left him in a share of sixth.

World No.1 Luke Donald was in eighth after a 70 while Denmark’s Anders Hansen was the highest scorer of the day, shooting a five-over 77.