x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Blyth on top at Malaysian Open

The Australian Adam Blyth shot a six-under-par 66 to grab a one-stroke lead going into the final round at the Malaysian Open.

Adam Blyth eyes up a putt on the fourth green during the third round of the Malaysian Open.
Adam Blyth eyes up a putt on the fourth green during the third round of the Malaysian Open.

KUALA LUMPUR // Australian Adam Blyth is on the verge of recording his first win on either the European or Asian Tour after carding a six-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a narrow lead into the final round of the Maybank Malaysian Open. Blyth missed an opportunity to go out as yesterday's final pair after finishing with a double bogey in his second round. But he bounced back superbly with an eagle and six birdies on Saujana Golf and Country Club's Palm Course to storm to the top of the leaderboard. The 27-year-old moved to 14 under through 54 holes to hold a one-shot advantage over Alexander Noren of Sweden (69) and China's Liang Wen-chong (67) in the $2million (Dh7.3m) event, which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours. "I'm very happy," said Blyth, from Brisbane. "At the start of the day, you always want to have a chance. That was the goal and I managed to get into that position, so it's good."

Miles Tunnicliff recorded the best round of the day with a nine-under 63 to join the American, Anthony Kang (64), and Prayad Marksaeng, of Thailand (65), in a tie for fourth on 12 under. Overnight leader, Danny Chia, of Malaysia, struggled with a two over 74 which dropped him back into a tie for seventh with Shiv Kapurm, of India (66), on 11 under. Blyth, who has not recorded a victory in five seasons on the Asian Tour, trailed Chia by five strokes after a carding a double bogey on the final hole of his second round. But he shrugged off that misfortune and steadily climbed up the leaderboard. * PA