Australian Adam Blyth snatched a one-shot lead yesterday after the third round of the Maybank Malaysian Open, the event where he made his professional debut in 2005.
Blyth produced a superb six-under-par 66 to take the lead from Chinese star Liang Wenchong, who carded a 67, and Sweden’s Alexander Noren, who returned a 69. The final round promises to be a thriller with a jam-packed leaderboard at Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Thai star Prayad Marksaeng (65), American Anthony Kang (64) and England’s Miles Tunnicliff (63) are two shots off the pace, while overnight leader Danny Chia of Malaysia is a further stroke behind after a 74 to lie alongside India’s Shiv Kapur, who shot a 66.
AFP, PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
South Africa’s Retief Goosen fired a blistering eight-under-par 64 on Friday to charge to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the US$6.1 million Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
An eagle on his par-five second hole launched Goosen on his superb round, which gave him a 12-under total of 132 and a two-shot lead over Dustin Johnson.
First-round co-leader Johnson, who played at Spyglass Hill, was alone in second place after a 69 for 134.
Johnson also got off to a quick start, with four birdies in his first six holes before a double-bogey at 17.
Robert Garrigus, who shared the first-round lead with Johnson, carded a 71 and was tied with Charley Hoffman, Canadian Mike Weir and Mark Calcavecchia for third place on 136. Weir and Calcavecchia both shot 69, while Hoffman had a 70.
AFP, KAHUKU, HAWAII
Michelle Wie, playing her first event as an LPGA Tour member, captured a share of the lead on Friday alongside Angela Stanford after two rounds of the US$1.2 million SBS Open.
Wie carded a two-under 70 to claim her share of the lead on eight-under 136 with 18 holes to play in the 54-hole season-opener.
The 19-year-old from Hawaii, who earned her tour card through LPGA Qualifying School late last year, started the day one stroke behind overnight leader Stanford but made up the deficit quickly.
Wie defied the blustery weather, opening her round with a birdie for the second straight day — this time on the par-four 10th.
She gave the shot back with a bogey at 17, but notched three straight birdies from the second before shooting a bogey at the par-three eighth.
“I have to say I am satisfied, I guess, because I did shoot a fine round, but I feel like ... I left a couple shots out there, especially the short putts, so that’s in my mind right now,” Wie said.
Stanford, who surged to the top of the leaderboard on Thursday with a 65, was unable to build on her lead despite a consistent one-under 71 that included 17 pars and a single birdie.
Angela Park, who is seeking her first LPGA victory, had the low round of the day, notching five birdies and a bogey en route to a four-under 68 for 137.
Japan’s Momoko Ueda was a three shots off the lead on 169 after a 71, and it was a further two shots back to a group of four players headed by Taiwan’s Yani Tseng.
■WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
AP, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
South Korea’s Lee Chang-hee held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Women’s Australian Open yesterday, closely pursued by two Americans and a group that included four-time champion Karrie Webb.
Lee shot a two-over 75 yesterday at the Metropolitan Golf Club, her second-round lead shrinking by one stroke. Her five-under total of 214 was one better than the US pair of Alison Walshe (69) and Beth Allen (73), who were tied for second.