India’s golfer Shubhankar Sharma takes a shot during the round 3 of the CIMB Classic Golf Tournament 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The CIMB Classic will see an exciting three-way battle heading into tomorrow’s final

round at TPC Kuala Lumpur after India’s Shubhankar Sharma joined the fray.

Shubhankar, 22, spiced things up on the course amid hot and humid conditions today.

He fired a six-under 66 to match America’s Gary Woodland and Australian Marc Leishman’s 19-under 197 after three rounds.

Shubhankar, who won the Maybank Championship earlier this year, said: “I prefer playing in hot conditions. I’ve grown up playing in this weather since I’ve been playing golf.


American golfer Gary Woodland is currently tied at the top with Shubhankar Sharma from India and Marc Leishman from Australia. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

“Asia is our home and it’s always good when you’re playing well in front of ‘home’ crowd. It was evident today.

“I got a lot of support from people who came out and also on the 18th (hole) when I got a good ovation so, I’m really happy that I’m back.”

Woodland, 34, who has emerged as runner-up twice (2014 and 2015), was glad to be paired with Leishman yesterday.

“We kind of fed off each other. Leish got off to an unbelievable start and we kind of hung in there.”


Australian golfer Marc Leishman in action during the round 3 of the CIMB Classic Golf Tournament 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

Leishman, making his seventh appearance at the US$7 million (RM29 million) CIMB Classic, said: “It (the scores) are very low. I’m surprised but it’s playing quite a lot shorter because the balls are running out on the fairways. So, a lot shorter irons into holes if you’re hitting the fairway.”

Defending champion Pat Perez of the United States struggled to find his rhythm. He finished on tied 42nd at six-under-par 210.

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