Successfully fighting off the effects of jet lag, Ernie Els sits in second place through three rounds at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, just one shot behind surprise leader Daisuke Kataoka.
Last week, Els was playing at TPC Louisiana, where he tied for 15th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The reigning champion then flew to Jakarta for this week's event on the Asian Tour, and next week will fly back to the U.S. to tee it up in The Players.
'My body felt good and my concentration was good as well,' Els told reporters Saturday, after indicating that jet lag had taken a toll during the first two rounds this week. 'I hit a lot of good shots, missed a lot of putts and in the end I grinded out a 68.'
Els shares second place with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger at 10-under 206, one shot behind Kataoka, who grabbed sole possession of the lead with a 6-under 66 Saturday. This marks the first time the 24-year-old from Japan, who carded eight birdies in the third round, has led an Asian Tour event since turning pro in 2007.
Among the notables in the field is another former Open champion, Darren Clarke, who is making his first start since suffering a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Masters. The Ulsterman fired an even-par 72 Saturday and sits among a tie for 51st after three rounds, 12 shots off the pace.