Malaysian Open: Lee Westwood & Alejandro Canizares three ahead

Lee Westwood in second-round action at the Malaysian Open
Westwood has dropped only two strokes in the opening two rounds
Malaysian Open second-round leaderboard
-11 L Westwood (Eng), A Canizares (Sp); -8 B Wiesberger (Aut); -7 P Waring (Eng), Pt Lawrie (Ire); -6 R Lee (Can), R Bland (Eng); -5 G McDowell (NI) Selected others -1 MA Jimenez (Sp); +1 P McGinley (Ire); +2 S Gallacher (Sco)

Defending champion Lee Westwood and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares moved three shots clear at the halfway stage of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Westwood, winner by seven shots last year, hit a 67 to reach 11 under par.

Canizares began the day in sixth spot and had seven birdies, including a 20-footer at 15, in a blemish-free 65.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, who led with Westwood after day one, is six adrift in eighth place, after three bogeys and a double bogey in his 73.

Bernd Wiesberger is third on eight under after a second-round 66, but Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who started the day in third, had double and triple bogeys in a 79 that saw him finish in 64th at two over, only making the cut by one shot.

England's Westwood, 41, captured his 14th title in Asia with a one-shot victory at the Thailand Golf Championship last December.

He had six birdies on day two at the 6,967-yard par 72 Kuala Lumpur Country Club and his only dropped shot came at the par five fifth.

"I probably only hit one poor shot all day, from the middle of the fairway on the fifth hole - I was going in with a five iron and blocked it right into the water," Westwood said.

Canizares, 32, the son of former Ryder Cup player Jose Maria Canizares, has won twice on the European Tour, most recently in Morocco last March.

"I can't wait for the weekend - it will be a lot of fun," he said.