Van Pelt, Garrigus share CIMB lead after 54 holes
- By Will Gray
- Oct 27, 2012 3:42 AM ET
A course record-tying 62 allowed Bo Van Pelt to draw even with second-round leader Robert Garrigus, and the two will begin Sunday's final round at 16 under, tied atop the leaderboard at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The defending champion this week, Van Pelt spent much of the back nine thinking about a more significant number - 59. A two-putt birdie on the 17th hole took Van Pelt to 11 under for his round, within a birdie of golf's magic number. A pushed approach on 18 ended up in the greenside bunker though, and four shots later Van Pelt was walking off the final green with a disappointing double bogey and only a share of the course record set last year by Jeff Overton.
Entering the round with a one-shot lead, Garrigus stumbled out of the blocks with bogeys on the opening two holes while those around him recorded birdies. He bounced back, though, and his birdie on the 18th hole - the third in a row with which Garrigus ended his third round - earned him a share of the lead and a spot in Sunday's final pairing.
Halfway through the third round, it seemed Tiger Woods was assured of a spot in Sunday's featured group. After starting slowly each of the first two days, Woods shot a 5-under 30 on the front nine and at one point held the lead by himself. A bogey on the 12th was followed by a double bogey on the par-3 14th, and a bogey on the 17th hole saw Woods take three putts from inside six feet. A lengthy, winding par putt on the home hole salvaged a 2-under 69 for Woods, but he begins Sunday's final round exactly where he began Saturday - five shots off the lead.
Chris Kirk begins the final round at 15-under 198, one shot behind the co-leaders after a bogey-free 63. He will play Sunday alongside Zimbabwe's Brendon De Jonge in the penultimate pairing, who along with Jbe Kruger will start the final round at 14 under, two shots behind Garrigus and Van Pelt.
Golf Channel coverage of Round 4 of the CIMB Classic begins Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
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