Van Pelt snatches the lead

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Defending champion Bo Van Pelt enjoyed a sensational third round to claim a share of the lead at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Defending champion Bo Van Pelt enjoyed a sensational third round to claim a share of the lead at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old recorded an incredible 11 birdies in the first 17 holes, but then put a blight on his scorecard by double-bogeying the last to give him a 62 for the round.

That left the door open for fellow American Robert Garrigus, who finished his round with three birdies to secure a share of the lead on 16 under par.

A week after winning the Perth International on the European Tour, Van Pelt was seven behind Garrigus after 36 holes but began the third day with a couple of birdies and went on to shoot 29 over the first nine holes.

With five birdies on the back nine Van Pelt looked set to break 60, before ruining his chances with a poor final hole.

Garrigus followed up his two opening 64s with a 69, while one behind is Chris Kirk after a 63 and two back are South African Jbe Kruger and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods will have five shots to make up after a strange run on the back nine gave him a 69.

The 14-major champion bogeyed the 12th, birdied the next, double-bogeyed the short 14th, birdied the next, then dropped more shots at the following two holes.

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