KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – American Ryan Moore inched a step closer to his title defence at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia by turning in a five-under-par 67 to share the lead with compatriot Kevin Na on Saturday.
Na, who is looking for his second career victory on the PGA Tour, was one of three players in the field to record a bogey-free third round.
Sergio Garcia and Billy Hurley, who led on Friday, trail a shot behind going into Sunday’s final round. Defending champion Moore, known for his unorthodox swing, surged top of the leaderboard courtesy of seven birdies, including the tricky 11th and 12th hole – the highlight of the 32-year-old’s play.
“I birdied 11 and 12, two of the toughest holes on the course back-to-back. I just hit a great shot into 11 with a hybrid to maybe 20 feet or so, and followed up into 12 from maybe 25, 28 feet,” said Moore. “That was the highlight for me and gives me that extra confidence going into Sunday. I know what it’s like to win out here, and I’m going to try and make it happen again.”
Moore, who defeated Gary Woodland on the first playoff hole to win the CIMB Classic in 2013, is looking to become the first in the tournament’s history to defend his title.
Garcia – who stayed in contention for a second title after his Qatar Masters victory in January this year – was a consistent performer, with five birdies to card a 68.