Final Round Preview – PGA Tour and Asian Tour – CIMB Classic – Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia –
At one point more than a half dozen players shared the lead at the CIMB Classic at 10-under during third-round action at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.
Defending champion Ryan Moore emerged as the 54-hole co-leader alongside Kevin Na at 12-under overall.
Moore and Na both shot 5-under-67s at the co-sanctioned PGA Tour and Asian Tour event. The limited field features just 78 players including Spain’s Sergio Garica – No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Garcia shot 68 and sits T-3 at 11-under with 36-hole leader Billy Hurley III. A host of players are T-5 at 9-under and just three shots back including Gary Woodland, who lost to Moore in a playoff here last season.
Also T-5 is Sang-Moon Bae, Kevin Streelman and Kevin Chappell.
Moore, 31, made seven birdies against two bogeys in round three. At 48th in the world ranking, Moore logged several Top 10 finishes last season following his CIMB victory including a T-6 in Phoenix, 5th at the Travelers Championship, 7th at the John Deere Classic and 8th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
For Na, he sits 35th in the world rankings and was a 40-to-1 betting selection at skybet.com to start the week. Moore was a 25-1 pick.
Na, 31, logged a pair of runner-up finishes in 2014 (Valspar Championship and the Memorial Tournament).
Other Golf News:
- Alexander Levy shot 9-under-63 to secure the 54-hole advantage at the European Tour’s BMW Masters – the first of four tournaments in the Final Series. Levy, who has two victories on tour this season, leads Jamie Donaldson, who shot 62 Saturday, by four strokes. Marcel Siem is at 17-under with Justin Rose at 15-under following his third-round 64. Overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts slipped back with a 73.
- A showdown for the Rolex Ranking No. 1 ranking subplots the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship heading into Sunday’s final round. Top-ranked Inbee Park (21-under) leads former No. 1 Stacy Lewis by four shots through 54 holes. Lewis, who shot 8-under-64 in round three, and Shanshan Feng are tied for second, while Lydia Ko is T-6.
- Jay Haas fired a 62 in round two of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour. The 60-year-old is 12-under overall and leads first-round leader Tom Pernice Jr. by four shots. Haas won the Greater Hickory Kia Classic two weeks ago.
- Dustin Johnson will not defend his title next week at the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions in China. Johnson has been out of action since before the FedEx Cup Playoffs dealing with personal health matters.
- On the betting side, Levy was a 40-1 pick at Skybet.com heading into the week. Park was the overall betting favorite at 5-1 odds on the LPGA Tour, while Haas was a 10-1 selection heading into the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.