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Congestion the name of the game at Maybank Championship

Frittelli well placed for third European title (Photo: Bruce Young)
With tee times brought forward to avoid afternoon storms in the Kuala Lumpur area on Saturday, play has been completed on day three of the Maybank Championship at the Saujana Golf and Country Club and with 25 players within four shots of the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round the event is still very wide open.

South African Dylan Frittelli and Spain’s Jorge Campillo both produced rounds of 66 today to take a one-shot lead over India’s Kalin Joshi and American Berry Henson, both of who were round in 65 but with both quality and quantity close behind the final round promises just so much.

Frittelli is known to Australian fans for his near miss at the Australian PGA Championship in 2015 when losing a playoff to Nathan Holman. He has since won twice on the European Tour and is now inside the top 50 (47th)  in the World Ranking.

"I said it yesterday, just patience on the greens, said Frittelli referring to the struggles with the greens being experienced by many of the field. "I think a lot of the guys are getting frustrated with the greens and I’m just trying to stay as positive as I can, and just try and speak to them nice and get the ball to go in the hole.

Campillo has yet to win a European Tour event but has been three times runner-up.

"It was good," said the Spaniard. "I played solid for most of the round. I had a few tough holes but I managed to make the putts so overall I played solid. It is a good day.

"I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. It is a nice position to be and I’m excited.

Amongst those at 13 under and just two back are two of Japan’s finest in Hideto Tanihara and Yuta Ikeda while the event’s most credentialed player, Lee Westwood, despite a round eight shots worse than his stunning 62 of yesterday, is just three behind and still very much in it.

New Zealander Ryan Fox produced his third consecutive round of 68 to be at 12 under and the leading Australasian and, just three shots from the lead, he is not without the chance of even higher honours tomorrow.

Andrew Dodt was unable to repeat his superb round of 65 yesterday and 74 was the best he could do, dropping him some 38 places to a share of 52nd while Jason Norris was the only other Australian to make it to the weekend and he is in 70th place after a round of 73.

 

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