Kuala Lumpur, April 15: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa is 18 holes away from winning the Maybank Malaysian Open after shooting a third round three-under-par 69 on Sunday.
Oosthuizen, who is on a mission of erasing his play-off defeat at the Masters last week, returned this morning to complete eight holes and take a one-shot lead over Stephen Gallacher of Scotland at the US$2.5 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain, Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina and Danny Willet of England trail Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion by two shots at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky of the United States, winner of the HANDA FALDO Cambodian Classic last month, and Indian star Jyoti Randhawa, a former Asian Tour number one in 2002, are tied in sixth place on 206, three shots from the leader.
Round 4 is currently in progress with the leading flight teeing off at 10.20am.
Scores after round 3 of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2012 being played at the par 72, 6967 Yards Kuala Lumpur GcC course (a- denotes amateur):
203 - Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 66-68-69.
204 - Stephen GALLACHER (SCO) 67-68-69.
205 - Rafael CABRERA-BELLO (ESP) 67-72-66, Ricardo GONZALEZ (ARG) 68-71-66, Danny WILLETT (ENG) 69-69-67.
206 - Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 66-72-68, David LIPSKY (USA) 70-67-69.
207 - Hennie OTTO (RSA) 71-64-72.
208 - Ben FOX (USA) 70-68-70, Jeev Milkha SINGH (IND) 65-73-70, Martin KAYMER (GER) 70-67-71, Romain WATTEL (FRA) 68-68-72.
209 - Victor DUBUISSON (FRA) 72-68-69, Charl SCHWARTZEL (RSA) 64-75-70, Simon DYSON (ENG) 69-70-70, Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 69-73-67.
210 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 72-68-70, Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 70-72-68, Rhys DAVIES (WAL) 70-68-72, Gary BOYD (ENG) 75-67-68.
211 - Soren KJELDSEN (DEN) 68-72-71.