Marcus Fraser chips in his third-round 66. Image: Getty
Nathan Holman surrendered his lead but Marcus Fraser has jumped out of the pack in an Australian assault on the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Holman, who began the third round with a two-shot lead in the $US3 million European and Asian Tour tournament, triple-bogeyed the last hole for a 73 and ended up third on the leaderboard, four shots from the leader, Soomin Lee.
But it was Fraser (66) who fired a flawless round highlighted by five birdies and kept up his chase to end a six-year title drought after making a crucial up-and-down on the last hole. He is just three shots from the lead.
“The up and down on the last was pretty key, it was a straightforward putt – even though it was from 15 feet,'' said Fraser. "I knew the line was a ball outside left and down grain, the key was just to make sure I got it there and luckily it had just enough legs. I’ve had a fair few chances (to win) without managing to get the job done, so it’s been frustrating but hopefully I can get over the line tomorrow.''
After fighting back from being three over through 10 holes, Holman was disappointed to drop three shots on the last hole when his approach shot found the water hazard.
"I played pretty scrappy. I then had a chance to finish quite close to the lead and played quite nice on the back nine so it's lucky you don't win golf tournaments on a Saturday,'' he said. "There was still a lot of good, there wasn't too much bad, there were a few bogeys so still lots of good, plenty of positives to take and I'll move on tomorrow.''
South Korean Soomin Lee had nine birdies in a 64 to take a three-shot lead into the final round.