Young Korean talent Soomin Lee fired a superb seven-under-par 64 to take pole position after the third round of the Maybank Championship Malaysia at Royal Selangor Golf Club.
The 22-year-old caught fire on the back nine with six birdies including four in a row from the 10th hole to lie on 15-under-par, three shots ahead of Australia’s Marcus Fraser.
Fraser’s compatriot Nathan Holman, the first and second round leader, suffered a triple bogey at the tough par-four 18th for a round of 73 and is in third place on 11-under-par.
“I feel a little bit nervous thinking about the final round but I will try my best,” said Lee. “I had a good feeling this week because I like playing on this course. I’m trying to enjoy my game and focus on my own game.”
Malaysia Nicholas Fung leads the local challenge in joint 25th position on four-under-par after carding a third round 68.
As part of its regional drive to help develop golf, Maybank offered starts to five promising ASEAN golfers this week. Two of them made the halfway cut, namely Vietnamese No 1 Michael Tran who is joint 50th on one-under-par after three rounds and Singapore’s Koh Deng Shan two shots further back in 62nd place.
“It’s great that Maybank is promoting the sport by giving me the opportunity to play in the tournament and I’m extremely grateful for that,” said Tran. “My people back home are excited too! I have no complaints this week. Maybank has put on a great show, and I’m happy to be here!”
Deng Shan added: “I’m very grateful to Maybank, the event organiser GlobalOne and the Asian Tour for giving me this opportunity. I really like the tagline ‘ASEAN Meets The Best In The World’. It’s a good initiative by Maybank to help ASEAN players grow in their game.”
Leading Round 3 Scores:
198 – Soomin LEE (KOR) 66-68-64.
201 – Marcus FRASER (AUS) 66-69-66.
202 – Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 64-65-73.
203 – Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN) 66-70-67, Jorge CAMPILLO (ESP) 65-69-69, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 66-68-69.
204 – Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 70-69-65, Julien QUESNE (FRA) 70-69-65, Mikko ILONEN (FIN) 71-69-64, Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 68-70-66, Richard BLAND (ENG) 66-65-73.