Round 3 Notes: CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia

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October 30, 2010
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Cloudy, with light showers throughout the day. Temperatures in the mid 90s. Calm winds.

• Due to a dangerous weather situation, play was suspended from 2:44 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., a total of 61 minutes.

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• With the strong likelihood of afternoon thunderstorms, tee times have been moved up by 30 minutes, resulting in a 3:30 p.m. finish. The first tee time is 8:30 a.m.

Ben Crane

Ben Crane birdied three of his last four holes en route to a 5-under 66. At 16-under, he leads Carl Pettersson by two strokes.

• Crane has three PGA TOUR titles to his credit; the 2003 BellSouth Classic, 2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee and the Farmers Insurance Open, calimed earlier this year.

• Should a member of the PGA TOUR win the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, it NEITHER counts toward an official PGA TOUR win, NOR official TOUR money. In addition, it will NOT yield a 2-year exemption. All players in the field WILL earn Official World Rankings points.

Carl Pettersson

• Despite two bogeys in his first four holes, Sweden's Carl Pettersson birdied four of his last six holes to turn in a third-round, 5-under 66 to get to 14-under. He trails Ben Crane by two strokes headed into Sunday's final round.

• Pettersson has four PGA TOUR titles to his credit, dating back to the 2005 Chrysler Championship. He most recently won the 2010 RBC Canadian Open.

Mardan Mamat

• Singapore's Mardan Mamat birdied his last two holes in round three to turn in a 6-under 65 and get to 12-under head into the final round. Mamat, who celebrates his 43rd birthday Sunday, will do so trailing Ben Crane by four strokes.

• A married father of five children, Mamat holds the distinction of being Singapore's first winner on the Asian Tour, having won the 2004 Indian Open. He followed that win with another in 2006 at the Singapore Masters. He also became the first player from Singapore to compete in the Open Championship (1997/MC).

• Mamat worked his way into this week's CIMB Asia Pacific Classic field by virtue of his seventh place ranking in the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.

Ricky Barnes

• 18-hole leader Ricky Barnes bogeyed the par-4 18th hole to turn in a 2-under 69 in round three to settle at 12-under, four strokes back of Ben Crane's lead.

• Barnes is making his first return to Malaysia since winning the 2002 (Team) World Amateur with Hunter Mahan and D.J. Trahan at Saujana Golf and Country Club. Trahan, also in this week's field, shot a second consecutive, 4-under 67. He trails the lead by three strokes.

Miscellaneous

• Second-round co-leader Pariya Junhasavasdikul couldn't get much going in Saturday's third round. With an even-par-71, he will begin the final round at 11-under, five strokes back.

• Junhasavasdikul, a 26 year-old Purdue grad, claimed his first Asian Tour title last month in Taipei in a playoff at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

• Junhasavasdikul ranked first on Thailand PGA Tour Order of Merit 2008, as well as first in All Thailand Challenge Tour Order of Merit 2008.

• The lone Malaysian in the field, Shaaban Hussin, posted his best round yet through three rounds, a 1-under 70. Despite a bogey at the first, he responded with a pair of birdies at the second and third on his way to the sub-par round. He will begin the final round at 1-over-par.

• With an eagle at the par-5 third, followed by four consecutive birdies at hole Nos. five through eight, Thailand's Kirade Aphibarnrat played his first eight holes in 6-under en route to a 7-under 64. He will begin the final round seven strokes off the lead, at T15.

• The CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia is the first tournament sanctioned by the PGA TOUR in Southeast Asia. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA TOUR, Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM). In its inaugural year, it will feature an international field of 40 players competing for a $6 million purse, with the winner taking home $1,080,000. The majority of the PGA TOUR members will head to China the following week for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event, played for the second year as a World Golf Championships event.

Scoring Averages at the par-71 Mines Resort Golf Club
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 33.700 34.900 68.600 ---
Friday 34.075 34.675 68.750 68.675
Saturday 33.750 34.475 68.225 68.450

• The hardest hole of the day was the par-4 12th, with a scoring average of 4.150. The easiest came at the par-5 17th, playing to an average of 4.200.

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