Bernd Wiesberger is well positioned to cap a superb month of golf with victory in the Malaysian Open after shooting a 9-under 63 on Saturday, taking a two-shot lead going into the final round at Kuala Lumpur
He moved to 17-under 199 overall at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, two strokes ahead of Spain’s Alejandro Canizares, who finished his roller-coaster round eagle-birdie-bogey to card a 68.
Defending champion Lee Westwood struggled for much of the round before picking up birdies on his final two holes to sit three off the pace following a 69.
The Englishman is in a tie for third on 14-under alongside compatriot Paul Waring, who carded a 65 featuring two eagles, six birdies and three bogeys.
The round of the day belonged to Indian Anirban Lahiri, who produced a bogey-free 62 that put him in outright fifth on 12-under.
They are all chasing the white-hot Wiesberger, who has started 2015 with a tied sixth in Abu Dhabi, third in Qatar and tied fourth at the Dubai Desert Classic to move into the world’s top 50 for the first time.
Bart Bryant holed out with a 6-iron from 195 yards on the par-5 18th hole for the first double eagle on the Champions Tour since 2010, giving him a share of the second-round lead in the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
Bryant had bogeyed four of his previous seven holes to fall off the pace before his second shot at No. 18 landed on the front of the green and rolled into the hole for his first career albatross.
Bryant finished with a 3-under 69 to join Paul Goydos, Tom Pernice Jr. and Canada’s Rod Spittle atop the leaderboard at 9-under 135. Spittle had a 66, and Goydos and Pernice shot 69.
Keith Fergus was the last player to make a double eagle on the 50-and-over tour, accomplishing the rare feat in the 2010 SAS Championship.