Nacho Elvira edges closer to Maybank title
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.