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Leishman retains share of lead in Kuala Lumpur

Leishman shares the lead with Woodland and Sharma. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Marc Leishman takes a share of the 54-hole lead into tomorrow’s final round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic at the TPC Kuala Lumpur, a third round of 67 today allowing him to share honours with American Gary Woodland and India’s Shubhankar Sharma with 18 holes to play.

The trio leads by one over Louis Oosthuizen and second season PGA Tour player Bronson Burgoon.

Leishman threatened to blow the tournament apart with a brilliant start to his third round with four birdies and an eagle in his opening six holes and an outward nine of 30 but although he continued to with another birdie at the 10th the momentum slowed over his closing eight holes.

Dropped shots at the 11th and 12th holes however would allow others into the mix and tomorrow’s final round appears to be a shootout with twelve players within four shots of the lead.

"I played the first 10 holes really well, the putter cooled off a little bit, but hung in there and to shoot 5 under," said Leishman 

"Happy with the round and gave myself a good chance tomorrow, so hopefully I can be hot like I was that first 10 holes today and see how we end up.

"Still feeling good over the ball, so looking forward to tomorrow and having a good round. They're (Woodland and Sharma) playing good. I think we're all playing well.

"Whoever ends up winning tomorrow, whether in my group or not, is going to have to play good. Hopefully, it's me, but we'll have to do something good tomorrow."

Leishman has been consistent but perhaps unspectacular in the second half of his season on the PGA tour but in his first event of the new season he appears to be on the verge of his 4th PGA Tour title.

Leishman, who will play both the World Cup of Golf and the Australian PGA Championship in coming weeks, has slipped outside the world top twenty after starting the year in 12th place but things might well improve sharply in that regard.

Cameron Smith, the only other Australian in the field, improved to 19th place with his round of 66 today continuing his love affair with the event having used his 5th place finish three years ago to catapult his launch onto the PGA Tour.

Sharma, the current leader of the Asian Tour Order of Merit, again impressed especially given he is not yet a PGA Tour player but given this event's relationship with the Asian Tour he has a start and has taken full advantage of it.  

 

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