Maybank Championship - R3

Elvira edges ahead in Kuala Lumpur

March 21-24
Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
$3,000,000
Co-sanction: Asian Tour
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Nacho Elvira has a first European Tour title in his sights as he takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Maybank Championship.

Elvira edges ahead in Kuala Lumpur, © Getty Images

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Spaniard Elvira, a four-time winner on the European Challenge Tour, missed five straight cuts at the start of the season before finishing second in his last event in Qatar.

He closed his third round at Saujana Golf and Country Club with back-to-back birdies to sign for an impressive round of 66, which moved him to 13 under par and gave him breathing space at the top of the leaderboard.

“The putter worked a bit better than yesterday, especially coming down the stretch. I’m very happy with a 66. It was tough with the heat and humidity today. I stayed patient and it paid off in the end.

“The confidence is coming back little by little. It was a tough start of the season with the driver especially. I worked really hard with the Callaway guys to get the driver ready, I think it’s working. I’m hitting more shots from the short grass so I’m happy. 

“I like the way things are right now with my swing. I like the way I’ve turned round my season a little bit. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

David Lipsky of the United States sealed his second European Tour win at this season’s Alfred Dunhill Championship and he is Elvira’s nearest challenger on 11 under par after carding seven birdies and two bogeys in his third round 67.

“My game is feeling pretty good. These last two days I’ve figured something out and just started clicking. The last two or three weeks my putting has held me back, but I’ve been putting well the last two rounds. I’m excited for tomorrow.

“It’s a tricky course so you’re going to make bogeys out there, you’ve just got to make your share of birdies. If I can keep making birdies like I am, I think I’ll be alright.”

Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Australian Scott Hend are in a tie for third at ten under par, with the latter producing a crowd-pleasing moment when he found himself in the trees on the last and chose the perfect angle to bounce his third shot off the grandstand and onto the green.

“We had 120 to the bottom of the board for the third shot on 18,” said Hend. “I had to try to hit a six iron 140 to hit the Maybank sign for the angle to get the ball to bounce back onto the green.

“I didn’t have any other shot. Couldn’t go above, if I went low it would have stopped on the green. Just went six iron and a low punch off the board.

“Look at last year, Sharma shot a ten under 62 in the last round. Somebody is going to light it up, someone always does. So many good players, good depth in the field. If I sign for a 62 tomorrow, I’ll be quite happy to sit in the clubhouse and see what happens.”

Four-time Major winner Ernie Els and Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, whose 65 was the lowest round of the day and the joint lowest of the week so far, are at nine under par, with England’s Oliver Fisher one shot further back.

“I hit a lot of greens today, missing only the first and the last,” said Hebert. “In the middle it was great.

“It was tough yesterday afternoon. I felt like I played good but it was very tough. I played in the last group and finished quite badly so I was happy to play very early this morning.

“It’s very, very hot and humid so we are sweating all the time, everything is wet. I have a towel that I put in ice every hole to refresh myself but it’s very tough.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-13
65
72
66
203
2
David Lipsky
USA
-11
72
66
67
205
T3
Scott Hend
AUS
-10
69
70
67
206
T3
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-10
66
72
68
206
T3
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-10
71
67
68
206
T6
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-9
69
73
65
207
T6
Ernie Els
RSA
-9
68
70
69
207
8
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-8
70
70
68
208
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-7
72
70
67
209
T9
Ross Fisher
ENG
-7
72
71
66
209
T9
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
-7
70
71
68
209
T9
Louis De Jager
RSA
-7
71
69
69
209
T13
Johannes Veerman
USA
-6
72
69
69
210
T13
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-6
68
73
69
210
T13
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
72
72
66
210
T16
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
74
69
68
211
T16
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
66
75
70
211
T16
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
68
70
73
211
T16
Prom Meesawat
THA
-5
68
71
72
211
T16
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
69
69
73
211
T16
Paul Peterson
USA
-5
70
68
73
211
T22
Viraj Madappa
IND
-4
70
72
70
212
T22
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
76
65
71
212
T22
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
71
69
72
212
T22
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
-4
75
69
68
212
T22
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
71
68
73
212
T22
Zach Murray
AUS
-4
68
71
73
212
T22
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
69
70
73
212
T22
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-4
69
75
68
212
T30
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
-3
72
70
71
213
T30
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-3
69
74
70
213
T30
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-3
72
71
70
213
T30
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
69
74
70
213
T30
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
74
68
71
213
T30
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
70
73
70
213
T30
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-3
70
71
72
213
T30
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
69
71
73
213
T30
Julian Suri
USA
-3
69
71
73
213
T30
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-3
71
68
74
213
T30
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
74
70
69
213
T30
Daniel James Masrin
INA
-3
69
68
76
213
T42
Marcus Fraser
AUS
-2
65
77
72
214
T42
Shaun Norris
RSA
-2
71
71
72
214
T42
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
73
69
72
214
T42
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-2
70
73
71
214
T42
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
71
73
70
214
T42
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
67
69
78
214
T48
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
72
71
72
215
T48
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
-1
72
69
74
215
T48
Jarin Todd
USA
-1
73
71
71
215
T51
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
68
74
74
216
T51
Angelo Que
PHL
Par
66
77
73
216
T51
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
69
73
74
216
T51
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
71
71
74
216
T51
Scott Vincent
ZWE
Par
70
72
74
216
T51
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
72
71
73
216
T51
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
Par
72
72
72
216
T51
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
Par
72
72
72
216
T51
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
73
71
72
216
T60
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
1
73
70
74
217
T60
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
70
71
76
217
T60
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
73
71
73
217
T60
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
71
73
73
217
T60
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
70
74
73
217
T60
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
73
71
73
217
T60
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
1
74
70
73
217
T67
Poom Saksansin
THA
2
68
74
76
218
T67
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
68
75
75
218
T67
Min-Chel Choi
KOR
2
71
73
74
218
T67
David Law
SCO
2
73
71
74
218
T67
Robert Karlsson
SWE
2
71
73
74
218
72
Micah Shin
USA
5
74
70
77
221
T73
Keith Horne
RSA
6
71
73
78
222
T73
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
6
70
74
78
222
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Chapchai Nirat
THA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
1
71
74
145
CUT
Danny Chia
MAL
1
72
73
145
CUT
Danthai Boonma
THA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Jesse Yap
SIN
1
74
71
145
CUT
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
73
72
145
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
1
70
75
145
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
75
70
145
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
71
75
146
CUT
Arie Irawan
MAL
2
76
70
146
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Prayad Marksaeng
THA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Robin Roussel
FRA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
2
70
76
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
2
70
76
146
CUT
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
2
72
74
146
CUT
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
74
147
CUT
Arjun Atwal
IND
3
73
74
147
CUT
Ben Campbell
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
73
74
147
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
70
77
147
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
73
74
147
CUT
Shariffudin Ariffin
MAS
3
71
76
147
CUT
Shinichi Mizuno
HKG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
73
74
147
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
75
72
147
CUT
Yuki Inamori
JPN
3
74
73
147
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
4
80
68
148
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Ben Leong
MAL
4
74
74
148
CUT
Daisuke Kataoka
JPN
4
73
75
148
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
4
74
74
148
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
4
75
73
148
CUT
Rahil Gangjee
IND
4
76
72
148
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
73
75
148
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
4
73
75
148
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Ramasamy Nachimuthu
MAS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
5
77
72
149
CUT
Kenneth De Silva
MAL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
6
73
77
150
CUT
Mohd Sukree Othman
MAS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Richard T. Lee
6
80
70
150
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Leun-Kwang Kim
MAS
7
78
73
151
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
72
79
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
7
75
76
151
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
7
71
80
151
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Johnson Poh
SIN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
8
77
75
152
CUT
Wilson Choo
MAL
8
75
77
152
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
75
78
153
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
74
79
153
CUT
Natipong Srithong
THA
10
77
77
154
CUT
Amir Nazrin
IND
12
80
76
156
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
12
81
75
156
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Ye Htet Aung
MYA
12
75
81
156
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
13
79
78
157
CUT
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
13
81
76
157
CUT
Kemarol Baharin
MAS
15
81
78
159
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
15
80
79
159
RET
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
Par
74
74
RET
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
Par
79
79
RET
Todd Sinnott
AUS
Par
0