While Bo Van Pelt was flirting with a rare 59 in a third round that was close to impeccable until the last hole, Tiger Woods was getting increasingly frustrated with his mistakes at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Van Pelt had nine birdies in the first 12 holes, then had two more birdies on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course on Saturday, and only needed another one to join an elite club to go under 60. (Only five players have ever done it in a PGA Tour sanctioned event.) But he hit his approach into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a double bogey for a 9-under-par 62 and a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16 under.
‘‘Obviously disappointed to finish with a double bogey,’’ Van Pelt said, ‘‘but I’m really proud of the 17½ holes I played and hopefully that’ll carry over into tomorrow, and not the last half.’’
Van Pelt was seven strokes behind overnight leader Garrigus coming into the third round, but got his CIMB title defense back on track with a superb round.
Garrigus, who had a two-stroke lead after the second round, opened with a pair of bogeys but finished with three birdies for 69 and a 54-hole total of 197. Chris Kirk had a 63 to move to 15 under, one clear of Brendon de Jonge (66) and Jbe Kruger (69).
Woods started with five birdies in eight holes but had three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11 under.
Thousands of people followed Woods and Ben Crane around the course, with the whir of camera shutters forcing Woods to stop his backswing on the fourth hole and noise or movement in the crowd causing him to pause at other times.
After turning in 30 on the front side, equaling his low for nine holes this season, Woods said he just made too many mistakes on the back nine.
‘‘I was right there. I had plenty of easy holes to go, but I didn’t capitalize on that at all,’’ he said. ‘‘On a golf course that’s playing this benign, you just can’t afford to do that. It can be had out there — I had it after eight holes, just didn’t keep it going.’’
European — Peter Hanson shot a 2-under 70 to get to 15-under 200 and lead Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by one stroke after the third round of the inaugural BMW Masters in Shanghai.
LPGA — Inbee Park of South Korea had two eagles and five birdies in shooting an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei.
Suzann Pettersen had six birdies in a round of 66 to sit in second place, two shots ahead of defending champion and local favorite Yani Tseng (66).
Catriona Matthew had a 68 and was in fourth, another two shots back at 12-under 204. Christie Kerr (67) was at 10 under.
Champions — Mark Calcavecchia shot a 3-under 69 to increase his lead to four strokes after the second round of the AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Calcavecchia, three strokes ahead after the completion of the rain-delayed first round, had an 8-under 136 total. Kenny Perry was in second after shooting his second straight 70.
Web.com — James Hahn shot a 7-under 64 in the Web.com Championship in McKinney, Texas, for a share of the third-round lead with Justin Hicks at 12-under 201.