KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Chris Stroud and Puyallup’s Ryan Moore both overcame mistakes and bogeys on the back nine Saturday to take a share of the lead after the third round of the CIMB Classic.
Stroud started the day five strokes back but surged into contention after five birdies on the front nine — including four in a row — before hitting into the water on the 12th hole and carding two bogeys for a 4-under 68.
Moore (69) opened up a three-shot lead on the back nine only to bogey four of five holes to give it right back. Both were at 12-under 204, one stroke ahead of their nearest rivals.
“There’s trouble everywhere,” Moore said. “It doesn’t take that bad of a shot to get in a very bad spot out here, with the rough the way it is, the fairways as narrow as they are.”
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The tricky conditions led to huge momentum swings throughout the day at the PGA Tour event, with plenty of balls in the water and in the rough beneath the palm trees.
Second-round leader Keegan Bradley shot a 76 to fall back to a share of sixth place.
Eight players are within four shots of the lead, with Gary Woodland (67) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69) a stroke back in a tie for second.
The back nine proved the most problematic for the top players, with its narrow fairways and multitude of water hazards and bunkers.
Moore had six birdies through 10 holes, only to hit into the water on Nos. 12 and 16.
“It was almost two different days out there,” said Moore, who is aiming for this third PGA Tour win. “I got really hot early making a lot of putts, making a lot of birdies and then turned into the backside and still continued some good play and then kind of hit a pretty rough stretch in the middle. I kind of made a mess of it.”
Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley was tied for ninth at 8 under. Former UW Husky Richard H. Lee was tied for 40th at 1 under.
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Pullman High graduate Kirk Triplett was tied for sixth, one shot back. Seattle natives Fred Couples and Rick Fehr were tied for 49th and 81st, respectively.