Bernd Wiesberger shoots a career-best round to go two shots clear
Bernd Wiesberger shot a career-best 63 to go two shots clear after the third day of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Wiesberger got off to a flying start with five straight birdies. He hit every green in regulation in a round which contained ten birdies and a bogey.
“I’ve been working on the right things which are important for my game,” Wiesberger said. “I’ve improved on my putting a lot; I have changed to a different model and it has been working for me. I also have the belief that I can play good golf now.”
The Austrian is two clear of Alejandro Cañizares, whose round of 68 included an eagle courtesy of a holed pitching wedge from 110 yards out at the 16th hole.
An even more spectacular shot was from two-time former winner of the Malaysian Open Thongchai Jaidee, who made a hole in one at the 226-yard 11th. It was the twelfth ace of this European Tour season.
Overnight co-leader Lee Westwood needed birdies at the final two holes to be tied with Paul Waring in third, after a three-under 69. This leaves the English pair three shot behind after Waring shot a couple of eagles in his 65.
“It was nice to finish with a bit of momentum,” Westwood said. “The way I played it could have been a lot worse and I could have been a lot further off the lead. I couldn’t feel my hip action today and really struggled especially early on. So I’m very pleased to have shot 69.”
Wiesberger will be aiming for his third tour win tomorrow. “I had a fast start today and anybody can do that tomorrow. If I keep playing like this then I have a good chance to take this home, but I’m not discounting anybody. There was a 62 out there and there’s probably going to be another 62 out there as well.”
This 62 was by Anirban Lahiri who carded 10 birdies in establishing a new course record since the 2008 revamp of the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Lahiri lies fifth going into the final day.