Date: March 08, 2008
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Barr closes in

Australian golfer Scott Barr is just four strokes behind Sweden&aposs Peter Hedblom after three rounds of the Maybank Malaysian Open. Barr fired his third consecutive round of 68 to be well placed in a tie for sixth place, with just 18 holes remaining in the tournament. Hedblom put himself into position for a successful defence of his title with a third round of 65, and will take a two-stroke lead into the final round at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club. The Swede was two strokes behind Nick Dougherty, Jyoti Randhawa of India and Danny Chia of Malaysia at the start of the third round but moved ahead after he carded a bogey-free round on the 6,979-yard layout near Kuala Lumpur. Hedblom is on 17-under-par 199, two strokes ahead of Daniel Vancsik of Argentina and three in front of Simon Dyson, Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Randhawa. Dougherty, who shared the second round lead with Randhawa and Danny Chia of Malaysia, carded an even par 72 and is tied for sixth with Darren Clarke, South Africa&aposs Charl Schwartzel and Barr at 12-under. Of the other Australians to make the cut, Kane Webber is tied for 11th place at 10-under, Marcus Fraser is two shots further adrift in a share of 23rd position, while Terry Pilkadaris and Scott Strange are in equal 29th place at seven-under. Third round scores from the Malaysian Open: (par 72) -17: Peter Hedblom 66 68 65 -15: Daniel Vancsik 65 72 64 -14: Simon Dyson 64 71 67, Soren Kjeldsen 65 68 69, Jyoti Randhawa 67 65 70 -12: Scott Barr (Australia) 68 68 68, Darren Clarke 69 68 67, Nick Dougherty 62 70 72, Charl Schwartzel 71 66 67 -11: Graeme McDowell 66 68 71 -10: Arjun Atwal 70 68 68, Raphael Jacquelin 68 69 69, Carlos Rodiles 66 69 71, Kane Webber (Australia) 67 71 68 -9: Felipe Aguilar 70 70 67, Robert Jan Derksen 66 69 72, Martin Erlandsson 69 67 71, David Frost 70 67 70, Mardan Mamat 72 65 70, Francesco Molinari 67 69 71, Chinnarat Phadungsil 67 70 70, Graeme Storm 69 68 70 Also -8: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 64 72 72 -7: Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 69 69 71, Scott Strange (Australia) 66 71 72 -2: Marcus Both (Australia) 67 72 75