Kuala Lumpur: Ricardo Gonzalez and Marcus Higley shared the lead at the Malaysian Open, topping the leaderboard at seven-under-par after Saturday's third round. Overnight leader Chinarat Phadungsil dropped four strokes on the front nine and slipped down the leaderboard, making space for a new pace setter. Simon Dyson went into the third round two strokes off the lead. However, a bogey at the last saw the Englishman card a one-over-par 73 that left him in a four-way tie for sixth place at four-under. One-over Angelo Que was one-over for the round after 12 holes, but the Filipino picked up eagles at the 13th and the 17th. Que also birdied the 15th on the way to a four-under-par 68 that took him to five-under for the tournament. Prom Meesawat joined Que in joint third place on the leaderboard after a third round 70. The Thai reached the turn at one-under and picked up three birdies in four holes from the 13th. The run was preceded and followed with bogeys at the 11th and 17th holes. Off the lead Edward Loar completed the three-way tie for third place at five-under. American Loar started the third round in joint second place and remained two strokes off the lead after a par round of three birdies and three bogeys. Marcus Higley struggled to build on his fine second round 67, but a birdie-birdie finish to his third round was enough to secure a share of the lead heading into the final round. The Englishman carded a two-under par 70 to move to seven-under for the tournament. Higley was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Ricardo Gonzalez. The Argentine holed his first birdie putt of the day at the fifth and followed with another at the seventh. Gonzalez dropped a shot at the next hole, but it would be his only bogey of the round. Further birdies came at the 12th and 13th holes as Gonzalez carded a three-under-par 69 to move into a share of the lead at seven-under.
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