03/23 04:15 CDT Nacho Elvira edges closer to Maybank Championship title
Nacho Elvira edges closer to Maybank Championship title
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Nacho Elvira took a big step towards clinching
a first European Tour title after he fired a 6-under-par 66 for a two-shot
advantage over David Lipsky after the third round at the Maybank Championship
Elvira has been on song since the opening round where he joint-led the
standings, and the Spaniard maintained that consistency with seven birdies to
reach 13-under in sweltering conditions at the Saujana Golf & Country Club.
Australia's Scott Hend, Maximilian Kieffer of Germany and Thailand's Jazz
Janewattananond are in a tie for third at 10-under, with Ernie Els a further
Despite his lead and form going into the final round, Elvira was not thinking
about a breakthrough European Tour victory just yet.
"It would be great to start here (winning on the European Tour) but I really
don't think about it too much," Elvira said. "I like the way I've turned round
my season a little bit. Let's see what tomorrow brings."
Lipsky shot a 67 to reach 12-under and the American could have done better if
not for two bogeys on holes 5 and 17.
"It's a tricky course so you're going to make bogeys out there, you've just got
to make your share of birdies," Lipsky said. "If I can shoot the same as I did
today or yesterday I'll be pretty happy. That's all I can do, just put myself
Surprise package Danny Masrin who came into the round tied for second, faltered
with four bogeys and a double bogey to slide out of contention.
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