Westwood slips back as McIlroy leads richest race

Bunkered: Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker aiming to win golf's richest prize at the Shanghai Masters.                            Picture: AP Photo.
Bunkered: Lee Westwood plays out of a bunker aiming to win golf's richest prize at the Shanghai Masters. Picture: AP Photo.
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LEE Westwood fired a two under par 70 but was still left six shots off leader Rory McIlroy in the race for golf’s biggest first prize of £1.25million after the second round of the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters.

The Worksop man began the day five off the lead after playing partner McIlroy’s first round 64.

Northern Ireland’s US Open champion, who refused to speak about his management switch, added a 69 to be 11 under par and two in front of 20-year-old Korean Noh seung-yul who shot 63.

McIlroy was overtaken when he double-bogeyed the ninth, but collected birdies at the 11th, 13th, 15th and 18th.

In third place are Louis Oosthuizen and Anthony Kim, while Padraig Harrington is tied fifth with Hunter Mahan and joint seventh are Ian Poulter and Robert Karlsson. Poulter slipped back from joint third after a 71.

With Westwood on 139 are Colin Montgomerie, Charl Schwartzel and John Daly.