Kuala Lumpur: Title holder Bo Van Pelt of the United States charged to the top of the $6.1 million CIMB Classic after a spectacular nine-under-par 62 saw him tie with overnight leader Robert Garrigus in the third round here Saturday.
Van Pelt, who arrived for his defence in top form following a win at the Perth International last week, flirted with golf’s magical 59 as he was 11 under par through 17 holes. But he disappointingly dropped a double bogey on the 18th hole at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
Garrigus overcame a sluggish start by finishing with three closing birdies for a 69 and shared the lead on 16-under-par 197 in the co-sanctioned Asian Tour and PGA Tour event.
World No.2 Tiger Woods worked up the large crowds by tying for the lead briefly with an outward 30 but his challenge wilted under the Malaysian heat as he settled for a 69, dropping three bogeys and one double bogey to end the day five shots back.
South African Jbe Kruger, third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, kept himself in the title hunt with a 69 putting him two strokes back while India’s rising star Gaganjeet Bhullar fired a fine 65 for tied 10th place alongside Woods.