Lee Westwood was delighted to have made a strong start at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth and not left himself having to play catch-up in later rounds.
Westwood shot an opening 6-under par 66 at Lake Karrinyup CC to lie two shots off the pace being set by defending champion Brett Rumford.
I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up.Lee Westwood
And the Englishman was pleased not to have left himself under pressure ahead of rounds two and three, both is which will see a cut made at the end of them, before the 24 players left enter a six-hole knockout shootout on Sunday.
He told the official European Tour website: "I played very nicely, very solidly. Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball well, putted nicely as well without anything really going in for me.
"There was a bit of breeze up, but if you hit the ball well, then it's very scoreable. The golf course is in great condition. If you start putts on line, they tend to go in.
"It was nice to shoot 66. I don't think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up.
"You want to get yourself in the mix and try and cruise through the second and third days and get into that top 24."
Westwood can be backed at 2.37 to win his second round 3-ball, with Rumford priced at 2.37 and Andrew Johnston 3.75.
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