Date: October 27, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Chalmers in the mix as Van Pelt fires

Bo Van Pelt shares the lead with Robert Garrigus at the CIMB Classic after narrowly missing out on a round of 59 on Saturday, while Australian Greg Chalmers remains in the mix. American Van Pelt blitzed the course at The MINES Resort and Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur, to be 11-under par through 17 holes of his third round. A birdie at the 18th would have seen Van Pelt become just the sixth player in PGA Tour history to card a 59, but a double-bogey six at the last hole forced him to settle for a nine-under 62. He joins countryman Garrigus (two-under 69) in a share of first place, 16 under overall for the co-sanctioned PGA Tour-Asian Tour event. Chalmers, who began the day in a tie for third, could only manage a two-under-par round of 69 as he eventually finished at 12 under. After two birdies on his front nine Chalmers was among the leading pack, but two bogeys in his final five holes saw him drop to a tie for seventh with Tom Gillis and Nick Watney. John Senden carded his second consecutive round of 66 to move up to a tie for 19th at nine under, while Marcus Fraser shot a brilliant 65 to be a further shot back. Chris Kirk went close to matching Van Pelt&aposs feat, turning in an eight-under 63 to be outright third at 15 under. Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge and Jbe Kruger of South Africa are tied fourth at 14 under, while American Brian Harman is a shot further back in outright sixth. World number two Tiger Woods appeared on course to challenge the leaders early in his round on day three, as he reached the turn five under for nine holes. But a shaky back nine, which included two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey, saw him post a two-under 69, good enough only for a share of 10th place.