Na­cho Elvira edges closer to May­bank ti­tle

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Na­cho Elvira took a big step to­wards clinch­ing a first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle Saturday af­ter he fired a 6-un­der-par 66 for a twoshot ad­van­tage over David Lip­sky af­ter the third round at the May­bank Cham­pi­onship.

Elvira joint-led the stand­ings af­ter the open­ing round, and the Spa­niard main­tained that con­sis­tency with seven birdies to reach 13-un­der in swel­ter­ing con­di­tions at the Sau­jana Golf & Coun­try Club.

Aus­tralia’s Scott Hend, Max­i­m­il­ian Ki­ef­fer of Ger­many and Thai­land’s Jazz Janewat­tananond are in a tie for third at 10un­der, with Ernie Els a fur­ther shot back.

Lip­sky shot a 67 to reach 12-un­der, and the Amer­i­can could have done bet­ter if not for two bo­geys on holes 5 and 17.

“It’s a tricky course, so you’re go­ing to make bo­geys out there; you’ve just got to make your share of birdies,” Lip­sky said. “If I can shoot the same as I did to­day or yes­ter­day I’ll be pretty happy. That’s all I can do, just put my­self in po­si­tion.”

Sur­pris­ing Danny Mas­rin, who came into the round tied for sec­ond, had four bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey to slide out of con­tention.

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