Leong moves up at Maybank Championship

Photo by Arep Kulal / Asian Tour

Ben Leong made the biggest move among the six Malaysians left in the field on Day 3 of the Maybank Championship, carding a 69 to climb up the leaderboard into 23rd place on six-under-par.

Photo courtesy of Asian Tour

Starting off the 10th tee of Saujana’s Palm Course, Leong made six birdies but dropped shots on three holes including his last hole at the tough par-four 9th.

“Hitting under-par here is good for me. It could have been better and could have been worse but we have one more day to go … I’m looking forward to it,” said the 31-year-old.

“It was tricky out there today, the winds were swirling a little bit, especially on the last hole. I’ll just play my own game tomorrow, narrow down my focus and narrow down my target … that’s all I can do,” he added.

Amateur Daeng Abdul Rahman continued his fine run with a solid 71 to be the next best Malaysian on five-under-par. Danny Chia, Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung are on two-under-par, while Arie Irawan is three-over-par after 54 holes.

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