The Swede fired five birdies on the back nine to complete his third successive sub-70 round for a total of 17-under 199 on the Kota Permai course in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Last year was the first time I played good in Malaysia, Hedblom said. So far it has been good but I dont know why. I dont normally play well in hot weather but the last two years have been good.
Two shot lead'you want to get as big a lead as possible as you can shoot a low score round here.
Argentinas Daniel Vancsik eagled the first hole after a long iron to within a foot of the flag, en route to a 64. The best round of the day moved Vancsik into sole possession of second place at 15-under.
He was a shot ahead of a trio on 14-under: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark, Simon Dyson of England, and Jyoti Randhawa of India.
New Zealands Mark Brown, coming off consecutive victories in India in the Asian Tours SAIL Open and the co-sanctioned Johnnie Walker Classic, shot a third-round 70 and is 10 strokes off the lead.