Kuala Lumpur - American Ryan Moore inched a step closer to his title defence at the
CIMB Classic in Malaysia by turning in a five-under-par 67 to share the
lead with compatriot Kevin Na on Saturday.
Na, who is looking for his second career victory on the PGA Tour, was
one of three players in the field to record a bogey-free third round.
Sergio Garcia and Billy Hurley, who led on Friday, trail a shot behind going into Sunday's final round.
Defending champion Moore, known for his unorthodox swing, surged top
of the leaderboard courtesy of seven birdies, including the tricky 11th
and 12th hole - the highlight of the 32-year-old's play.
"I birdied 11 and 12, two of the toughest holes on the course
back-to-back. I just hit a great shot into 11 with a hybrid to maybe 20
feet or so, and followed up into 12 from maybe 25, 28 feet," said Moore.
"That was the highlight for me and gives me that extra confidence
going into Sunday. I know what it's like to win out here, and I'm going
to try and make it happen again."
Moore, who defeated Gary Woodland on the first playoff hole to win
the CIMB Classic in 2013, is looking to become the first in the
tournament's history to defend his title.
Garcia - who stayed in contention for a second title after his Qatar
Masters victory in January this year - was a consistent performer,
with five birdies to card a 68.
The Spaniard blemished his scorecard with a bogey on the 11th after a
two-hour delay due to rain showers at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country
Club, but remains confident going into the final round.
"I obviously have to play a little better than I did today, but I'm
in contention to win another title, so I'll go out there and give it my
best shot and try to be aggressive and positive," he said.
"If I can manage that, I should have a chance of winning."
Lee Westwood, who shot a hole-in-one to card a low 65 on Friday, fell off the pace with five bogeys to reach a two-over 74.
The former world number one's gloomy showing on a wet day in Kuala Lumpur sits him seven shots off the top.
Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour, the CIMB Classic offers the winner $1.26 million and 500 FedExCup points.
Leading third-round scores on Saturday in the $7 million CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club:
204 – Kevin Na (USA) 69-68-67, Ryan Moore (USA) 68-69-67
205 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 69-68-68, Billy Hurley III (USA) 67-67-71
207 – Gary Woodland (USA) 71-70-66, Bae Sang-Moon (KOR) 71-68-68, Kevin Chappell (USA) 69-68-70, Kevin Streelman (USA) 68-68-71
208 – Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 70-73-65, Patrick Reed (USA) 70-70-68,
Angelo Que (PHI) 67-72-69, Cameron Smith (AUS) 70-69-69, Jeff Overton
209 – John Senden (AUS) 72-68-69, Prom Meesawat (THA) 68-71-70, Noh Seung-Yul (KOR) 68-69-72
210 – Davis Love III (USA) 68-71-71
211 – Greg Chalmers (AUS) 75-68-68, Danny Lee (NZL) 69-69-73, Brian Stuard (USA) 67-72-72, Lee Westwood (ENG) 72-65-74