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    Lascuna earns marquee pairing with leader Westwood in Malaysian Open after fiery 65

    Apr 18, 2014
    Tony Lascuna hit top form in the Malaysian Open. Photo from Asian Tour website

    KUALA LUMPUR - Filipino golfer Tony Lascuna fired a seven-under par 65 on Friday to earn a marquee third-round pairing with England star Lee Westwood in the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open o.

    Lascuna, 43, carried over his fine form in the local tour to the Asian Tour event, hitting eight birdies against a lone bogey at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club West course to pool a nine-under 135 going to the weekend play.

    He opened his campaign with a 70.

    That gave him a spot in the final pairing on Saturday with Westwood, who followed an opening 65 with a 66 to open a four-shot lead over Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (69) in the Asian Tour and European Tour event that rewards close to half a million dollars to the winner.

    “Honestly, I didn’t expect to shoot this score because this course is a very long golf course for me. My goal was to shoot one or two-under on each day but after nine holes I was five-under! It was amazing. I just continued my form from there,” Lascuna told the Asian Tour website.

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    "I was hitting it really good and close to the pin. After 17 holes I was like, Wow’. Maybe now I can aim for a pair of three-unders in the weekend,” said Lascuna.

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    Meanwhile, Spain's Pablo Larrazabal has been forced to dive into a water hazard to avoid attacking hornets during his second round.

    Larrazabal jumped fully clothed into the water adjacent to the 14th green but not before suffering a number of hornet stings which required treatment.

    However he then resumed playing and was able to birdie the hole on his way to a 70. With reports from AP

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    Tony Lascuna hit top form in the Malaysian Open. Photo from Asian Tour website
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