KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — India’s Anirban Lahiri shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the CIMB Classic.
Coming off a playoff loss last week in the Asian Tour’s Macau Open, Lahiri had a 19-umnder 197 total after opening with consecutive 66s at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He had nine birdies and double bogey Saturday in the tournament sanctioned by the PGA Tour and the Asian Tour.
Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 71 to drop into a tie for second with Scotland’s Russell Knox (68). Thomas started the back nine bogey-double bogey-bogey, parred the 13th and birdied the final five.
Derek Fathauer (68), James Hahn (69) and Hideki Matsuyama (69) were 14 under.
Ryan Moore, the 2013 and 2014 winner, was tied for 17th at 10 under after a 70.
BLUE BAY LPGA
HAINAN, China (AP) — Jessica Korda caught Minjee Lee in the Blue Bay LPGA. Ariya Jutanugarn made up even more ground to move into contention for her sixth victory of the season.
Korda shot a 6-under 66 at Jian Lake to make up seven strokes on Lee for a share of the lead, and Jutanugarn had a 65 to cut her deficit from 10 to two shots and get in the final group Sunday.
In hot and mostly calm conditions four days after Typhoon Sarika hit the South China Sea beach resort, Korda had five birdies in a six-hole stretch and got up-and-down for another on the par-5 18th.
Lee had a 73, also getting up-and-down for birdie on 18 to match Korda at 11-under 205. The 20-year-old Australian began the day six strokes ahead after shooting 65-67 the first two rounds.
The second-ranked Jutanugarn had the best round of the day on the course with difficult to hit valleys and plateaus on the large greens. The 20-year-old Thai star leads the tour in victories and tops the player of the year points race.
VILAMOURA, Portugal (AP) — Denmark’s Anders Hansen shot a 9-under 62 for a share of the Portugal Masters lead with Finland’s Mikko Korhonen.
The 46-year-old Hansen had an 18-under 195 total at Oceanico Victoria. He’s playing a part-time schedule this season.
Korhonen had a 64. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington was a stroke back after a 67.