Wiesberger waltzes 2 clear at #MMO

Sat 07 Feb 2015

Wiesberger waltzes 2 clear at #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 7: Bernd Wiesberger carded a career best of nine-under-par 63 to move two-shots clear after a thrilling day of low scoring in the third round of the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Saturday.
The Austrian has been in brilliant form in the past month, recording three consecutive top-six finishes, and he came flying out of the blocks by birdieing the first five holes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course.
Three closing birdies capped a wonderful day and at 17-under-par 199, Wiesberger leads from Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, who finished eagle-birdie-bogey for a 68 in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Alejandro Canizares of Spain Alejandro Canizares of Spain
England’s Paul Waring had two eagles in his round of 65 to lie third, alongside compatriot and co-overnight leader Lee Westwood, who birdied the last two holes for a 69. India’s Anirban Lahiri posted the round of the week, a stunning 62 to jump up to fifth place.
Wiesberger, who has won twice in Asia previously, started the third round three back of co-leaders Canizares and Westwood but shot to the front soon enough with a magnificent display of golf.
“I caught up with the leaders early which was good and finished off well. I felt very comfortable out there and I didn’t even let the bogey (on eight) bother me,” said the 29-year-old Austraian.
“Everyone was making birdies early on and it was nice to be amongst that. I’ve shot 64 a few times on Tour but this is the lowest. I won’t be fooled by this position tomorrow. There are a lot of good scores out there, as we saw today, so I’ll be trying to make some birdies again and play as well as I did today.”
Canizares eagled the 16th hole with a wedge from 110 yards and birdied 17 to tie with Wiesberger going into the last hole. But the Spaniard dropped a bogey on 18 which Wiesberger took full advantage with a 12-foot birdie to give himself a bit of a cushion with one round to play.
I made more mistakes than the previous days,” said Canizares, who holds two European Tour victories. “Overall I’m pleased with the way I played. It’s always good to play with someone who is playing well as he’s pulling you to make birdies as well. It was fun to watch, Bernd played great. He kept me going and kept me pushing.”
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
Westwood is hoping to join Terry Gale as the only player to win three Maybank Malaysian Open title but fell three back after battling to a 69 which included two closing birdies.
“I didn’t play particularly well, so I was pleased to shoot 69, which keeps me in the hunt. I couldn’t feel my hip action today, especially early on. But I only made one bogey, and I made some crucial birdies on 17 and 18. If I didn’t make them I’m looking at probably being five shots back, so it was nice to finish with a bit of momentum,” said the Ryder Cup star.
Lahiri, a five-time winner on the Asian Tour, shot up the leaderboard with an outward 30 and sank four more birdies for an unblemished card as he ended the day in fifth place, five back. His effort was the West course’ low round since it reopened following refurbishments in 2008, although his score will not be considered an official record due to the preferred lies rule being in effect this week.
“Last couple of days, I was trying too hard to make birdies, trying to make a move. I just let go today. When I saw a line, I just hit it on the line and took it on merit whether it went in or missed,” said Lahiri, whose career’s low round was a 61 in Macau last year.
“This changes the situation in terms of where I stand. But in terms of what I need to do, it’ll be the same thing. I think the hallmark today was that I stayed bogey free because the first two days I made 11 birdies and dropped nine shots. I putted well and that’s what I’ll need to do again tomorrow. If I go out and have a good putting day, it could be mine.”
Lee Westwood of England Lee Westwood of England
Scores after round 3 of the Maybank Malaysian Open being played at the par 72, 6986 Yards Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course (am - denotes amateur):
199 - Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 70-66-63.
201 - Alejandro CANIZARES (ESP) 68-65-68.
202 - Paul WARING (ENG) 69-68-65, Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 66-67-69.
204 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 70-72-62.
205 - Paul PETERSON (USA) 72-69-64.
206 - Richard T. LEE (CAN) 69-69-68.
207 - Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 69-71-67, Alvaro QUIROS (ESP) 70-70-67.
208 - Gregory BOURDY (FRA) 70-70-68.
209 - Peter UIHLEIN (USA) 72-72-65, Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 73-69-67.
210 - WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 77-66-67, Danny CHIA (MAS) 67-74-69, KANG Sung-hoon (KOR) 67-74-69, Marc WARREN (SCO)
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).