KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — While Bo Van Pelt was flirting with a rare 59 in a third round that was close to impeccable until the last hole, Tiger Woods was getting increasingly frustrated with his mistakes at the CIMB Classic.
Van Pelt had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth. He had two more birdies on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course on Saturday, and only needed another one to join an elite club to go under 60. Only five players have ever done it a PGA Tour sanctioned event.
But he hit his approach into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a double bogey for a 9-under 62 and a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16 under.
“Obviously disappointed to finish with a double bogey,” Van Pelt said, “but I’m really proud of the 17 1 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 with a superb round.
“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. Fellow American Chris Kirk had a 63 to move to 15 under, one clear of Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge (66) and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger (69) at.
“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.”
Woods started with five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11 under.