KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Chris Stroud and Ryan Moore overcame mistakes and bogeys on the back nine Saturday to take a share of the lead after the third round of the CIMB Classic.
Stroud started the day five strokes back but surged into contention after five birdies on the front nine, including four in a row, before hitting into the water on the 12th hole and carding two bogeys for 4-under 68.
Moore (69) opened a three-shot lead on the back nine only to bogey four of five holes to give it right back. Both were 12-under 204, one stroke ahead of their nearest rivals.
"There's trouble everywhere," Moore said. "It doesn't take that bad of a shot to get in a very bad spot out here, with the rough the way it is, the fairways as narrow as they are."
The tricky conditions led to huge momentum swings at the PGA Tour event, with plenty of balls in the water and into the rough beneath the palm trees at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Overnight leader Keegan Bradley looked nothing like the golfer who shot 65 and 66 in the first two rounds, carding 76 to fall back to a share of sixth place. Eight players are within four shots of the lead, with Gary Woodland (67) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (69) a stroke back.
LPGA: Defending champion Suzann Pettersen struggled with three early bogeys but recovered for 1-over 73 to maintain a four-shot lead after the third round of the Sunrise Championship in Yangmei, Taiwan. The Norwegian finished at 6-under 210. Azahara Munoz, Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda are four shots. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (72) and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (75) are at 9-over 225.
CHAMPIONS: Kenny Perry bogeyed the final hole to drop into a five-way tie for the lead in the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas. The Charles Schwab Cup points leader followed his opening 65 with 71 to match Mike Goodes, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Anders Forsbrand at 8-under 136. Goodes had the round of the day, shooting 63 to jump 43 spots on the leaderboard.