Kuala Lumpur: Tiger Woods found lakes, bunkers and cart paths to stall his third-round charge up the CIMB Classic leaderboard on Saturday, as Bo Van Pelt grabbed a share of the lead after flirting with golf's magical 59. Defending champion Van Pelt double-bogeyed the last to sign for a nine-under-par 62 and sit at the top of the leaderboard on 16-under 197 alongside overnight front-runner Robert Garrigus (69), with Woods (69) a further five shots back in joint 10th.
Heavy rain in Malaysia led to a second day of preferred lies at the soggy Mines Golf Course, leaving the course exposed to supreme scoring with only five of the 48 players in the field going over par in their third round. Woods had raced to the turn in 30 after five birdies and four pars but his round unravelled on the back nine as he dropped five shots to offset two more birdies on another stifling day in Kuala Lumpur.
"I made a couple of bad decisions, bad swings on top of that, just all-in-all made too many mistakes and on a golf course that is playing this benign, you can't afford to do that," Woods told reporters. "I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, something similar like Bo did today, but probably being this far back, I'm going to need some help, a great round tomorrow might not win; that's the only problem."
Starting the day five behind Garrigus, Woods roared out of
04:46 PM, Oct 27, 2012