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Sunday 18 February 2018

Tiger Woods fall off the pace in Malaysia with error after error

IT was a case of what might have been for both Bo Van Pelt and Tiger Woods in Malaysia today - one missed out on a 59 by double-bogeying the final hole and the other fell back into the pack with error after error.

Defending champion Van Pelt shared the CIMB Classic lead with fellow American Robert Garrigus with a round to go, but a 62 was not what he had in mind when he stood on the last tee 11 under par for the day.

The 37-year-old, who last week won the Perth International on the European Tour, needed one more birdie for the magical figure achieved only five times in PGA Tour history.

But he drove into the rough, pushed his approach into a bunker, came out weakly, chipped 10 feet past and missed that for a six.

"Surprisingly, I wasn't really nervous at all," Van Pelt said. "I've never had that good a chance to shoot a 59 before.

"To be honest, I'll probably look back on it and think about the (par-five) third hole. I had a five-iron from the middle of the fairway and didn't make birdie.

"I'll look back at 15. I'm 30 yards from the green with an easy pitch and don't make it (birdie). Those are the holes that cost me more than 18.

"Obviously I'm disappointed to finish with a double, but I'm really proud of the 17 1/2 holes I played and hopefully that'll carry on tomorrow, not the last half."

He went from seven behind to three ahead, but halfway leader Garrigus then caught him on 16 under with three closing birdies for a 69.

Chris Kirk's 63 left him only one behind, but Woods was five back and only joint 10th - and that after leading when he went to the turn in 30.

The 14-major champion had two more birdies on the back nine, but also four bogeys and a double bogey at the short 14th when his tee shot rolled down the bank into the lake and he then duffed a chip.

"I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, something similar like Bo did today," Woods said.

"But the problem with being this far back is I'm going to need help. A great round might not win it.

"I was right there. I had plenty of easy holes to go, but I didn't capitalise at all. I made a couple of bad decisions and bad swings on top of that, just all-in-all too many mistakes.

"On a course that's playing this benign you just can't afford to do that."

Scot Martin Laird would have been alongside Woods, but for bogeying the 16th and 18th in a matching 69.

First-round leader Troy Matteson was back in joint 25th spot after a 73 that included two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the short 16th.

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