Englishman Andy Sullivan fired a six-under-par 66 to cut Lee Westwood’s lead to one shot after the third round of the European Tour’s Malaysian Open yesterday.
Former world No. 1 Westwood led by four strokes overnight, but could only manage a 71 in sweltering conditions at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after bogeying the last for a three-day total of 14-under.
Westwood, chasing his first win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden, mixed three birdies with two dropped shots yesterday as he failed to match the form shown in his opening rounds.
“That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time. It was a real grind, but I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that,” he said.
Sullivan, looking for his first victory on tour, climbed up the leaderboard to move three strokes ahead of France’s Julien Quesne in third on 10-under. Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts was a shot further back.
The Englishman, ranked 226th in the world, gained seven shots against a lone bogey on the fourth to make rapid inroads into his compatriot’s advantage.
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, who had to jump into a lake to escape a swarm of hornets on Friday, had a less eventful round of 70 for a share of the 23rd place in the US$2.75 million Asian Tour co-sanctioned event.
No Taiwanese player made the cut.