Malaysian Open: Lee Westwood leads by a shot in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Open, first-round leaderboard

  • -7: L Westwood (Eng)
  • -6: N Colsaerts (Bel)
  • -5: M Hoey (NI), R Santos (Por)
  • -4: J Kruger (SA), J Quesne (Fra), M Kawamura (Jpn) after 17 holes, S Jamieson (Sco) after 16 holes
  • Selected others: -3 C Lee (Sco), M Warren (Sco); Par L Oosthuizen (RSA)

England's Lee Westwood shot a seven-under 65 to lead by one shot in a weather-delayed opening round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts is second, with Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey a shot further back.

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I played well last week and I was happy to carry that on today

Lee Westwood

Westwood bogeyed the par-five 10th, his first hole, but finished with four birdies in his last five holes.

The 40-year-old, seventh at last week's Masters, said: "It's nice to have a good one and build some momentum."

The former world number one, now ranked 36th, is without a win since victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden in 2012.

He added: "I had to be patient because I was hitting good putts and they weren't going in until I holed one from about eight feet on my 16th.

"I played well last week and I was happy to carry that on today."

Portugal's Ricardo Santos joined Hoey at five under, with Scott Jamieson among those a shot further back after completing 16 holes before darkness caused play to be suspended for the day.

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen managed a level-par 72.

Play was delayed for more than an hour because of a storm, meaning 42 players must resume their opening rounds on Friday morning.