Saturday, 03 February 2018
Day 3 Highlights - Maybank Championship

Jorge Campillo and Dylan Frittelli will share the lead heading into the final round of the Maybank Championship after another enthralling day at Saujana Golf & Country Club.

It has been a tight affair in Kuala Lumpur all week and Saturday proved no different, with 13 different players holding a share of the lead at some point during round three.

While those around them jostled for position, playing partners Campillo and Frittelli kept their cool, recording a pair of bogey-free rounds of 66 to get to 15 under.

American Berry Henson and Indian Khalin H Joshi were then at 14 under, a shot clear of Nino Bertasio, Phachara Khongwatmai, Hideto Tanihara, Marc Warren, Prayad Marksaeng and Ryo Ishikawa.

South African Frittelli has not looked back since winning his first European Tour title at the LYONESS OPEN powered by ORGANIC+ in June, adding this season's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open to his trophy collection.

"It was a good round," he said. "I started off a bit slow but some good birdies during the middle part of the round and that kept me going.

"It is super bunched. A lot of Japanese guys up there, a few other Spanish guys, Jorge played great today with me.

"I’m excited to mix it up."

Campillo has three second-placed finishes since graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2011 but the Spaniard is still searching for that elusive first European Tour win in his 196th event.

"It was good," he said. "I played solid for most of the round. I had a few tough holes but I managed to make the putts so overall I played solid. It is a good day.

"I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. It is a nice position to be and I’m excited."

An eagle on the first moved him into a ten-way tie for the lead and after a gain on the fifth and a tee-shot to tap-in range on the seventh, he once again found himself in a share of top spot.

The lead was changing all the time as Campillo made five straight pars but another birdie on the 13th had him in a share of top spot alongside Frittelli, who added a birdie at the same hole to gains on the fifth, sixth, ninth and 12th.

After a smart par save on the 15th, a ten foot right-to-left putt on the next meant Campillo was atop the leaderboard on his own.

The 31 year old then needed to get up and down from the sand on the last for a par and his bunker shot hit the pin, leaving him a routine putt.

That briefly handed him the solo clubhouse lead but Frittelli birdied the par five to ensure the two would pay together again on Sunday.

Henson book-ended his 65 with eagles on the first and last and overcame a double-bogey on the 14th, while Joshi was bogey-free in making the same score.

Italian Bertasio and Thai Khongwatmai had entered the day sharing a one-shot lead and a pair of 70s kept them in contention for maiden European Tour victories.

Scot Warren had an excellent chance to eagle the last but had to settle for a birdie in a 69, while Tanihara signed for a 68.

Fellow Japanese Ishikawa carded the round of the day with a 63 and 52 year old Thai Marksaeng rolled back the years with a 67.

New Zealander Ryan Fox made the first albatross of the season from 213 yards with a six iron on the first to get to 12 under and sit alongside Benjamin Hebert, Shiv Kapur, Pablo Larrazábal, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Yusaku Miyazato, Paul Peterson and Lee Westwood.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SHARMA, ShubhankarIND18-21
2CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-19
T3LARRAZÁBAL, PabloESP18-18
T3FOX, RyanNZL18-18
T5BERTASIO, NinoITA18-16
T5ISHIKAWA, RyoJPN18-16

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