Westwood rues missed chances

England's Lee Westwood plays a ball on the 18th hole, during the first round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
England's Lee Westwood plays a ball on the 18th hole, during the first round of Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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WORLD number one Lee Westwood cut a forlorn, frustrated figure at the halfway stage of the Dubai Desert Classic.

The Worksop golfer collected four birdies, picking up a shot at the 18th, in a round of 70.

However, Westwood and Sheffield’s Danny Willett, who is also five under in the championship, are tied in 11th position and are six strokes behind course leader Rory McIlroy.

This is Westwood’s third event of the season, but after a 64th place in Abu Dhabi and a missed cut in Qatar, the 37-year-old concedes he is still unhappy with his current form on tour.

Westwood said: “I’m a bit disappointed with the way I’ve hit it the first two days. You have chances out there - you’ve just got to be on your game.”