KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Bo Van Pelt needed one more birdie to shoot 59 in Saturday’s third round of the CIMB Classic.
Instead, he made double bogey on his final hole and had to settle for 9-under-par 62 and a share of the lead with Robert Garrigus.
Van Pelt, the defending champion, had 11 birdies and one double bogey in the round.
“Obviously disappointed to finish with a double bogey,” Van Pelt said, “but I’m really proud of the 171/2 holes I played and hopefully that’ll carry over into tomorrow, and not the last half.”
Van Pelt was seven strokes behind overnight leader Garrigus coming into the third round but got his CIMB title defense back on track.
“I don’t think I missed a fairway on the front nine,” he said. “My irons were pretty sharp, and the putter, I had been close all week, and today they were going in. They weren’t burning the edge.”
Garrigus, who had a two-stroke lead after the second round, opened with a pair of bogeys but finished with three birdies for 69 and a 54-hole total of 197.
Former Georgia golfer Chris Kirk had 63 to move to 15-under, one clear of Brendon de Jonge (66) and Jbe Kruger (69).
“I must have been tired or something,” Garrigus said of his first two holes. “Didn’t really have my golf swing that much today. I hit some bad shots, hit some bad putts, but sucked it up coming down there in the last.”
Tiger Woods started with five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine for 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11-under, or five shots off the lead.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In San Antonio, Mark Calcavecchia shot 3-under-par 69 to increase his lead to four strokes after the second round of the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.
Kenny Perry is second place after his second consecutive 70.
Augusta native Larry Mize has shot 77-75–152.
EUROPEAN TOUR:In Shanghai, Peter Hanson shot 2-under-par 70 to lead Rory McIlroy by one stroke after the third round of the inaugural BMW Masters.
Hanson, who won the KLM Open last month, is at 15-under 200 at the Lake Malaren Course. McIlroy shot 69.
WEB.COM TOUR: In McKinney, Texas, James Hahn and Justin Hicks share the Tour Championship lead after three rounds at TPC Craig Ranch.
Hahn had 7-under-par 64 on Saturday and Hicks shot 67. They are at 12-under 201.
Augusta’s Scott Parel is at 212 after 66.
LPGA TOUR: In Yang Mei, Taiwan, Inbee Park shot 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Taiwan Championship.
Suzann Pettersen is in second place after 66.