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Hedblom takes charge in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Defending champion Peter Hedblom will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Malaysian Open after carding a flawless seven-under-par 65 on Saturday.

The Swede produced a superb performance on the back-nine on a sweltering day at the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club to total 17-under-par 199 after three rounds.

Argentinian Daniel Vancsik, who charged into contention with a masterful 64, is his nearest challenger.

India’s Jyoti Randhawa stayed in touch with a battling 70 to lie three back in joint third place alongside England’s Simon Dyson, who fired a bogey-free 67, and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark, who returned a 69 in the $2 million event co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke continued his welcome return to form as he blazed to the turn in 29 but he slipped up coming home to card a 67.

That left the Ryder Cup star in a share of sixth place on 204 alongside Asian Tour regular Scott Barr of Australia, South African Charl Schwartzel and joint overnight leader Nick Dougherty of England.

Dougherty struggled on the greens as he settled for a 72 to end the day five back while home hope Danny Chia, who was also tied for the overnight lead, stumbled badly with an 80 to slip down the leaderboard.

Hedblom, who won the title at a different venue last season, turned in 34 before romping home in 31, courtesy of three successive birdies from the 11th hole and back-to-back birdies over his closing two holes.

It has been a good defence so far, so hopefully I can continue to play like I did today and putt like I did. Then it will be a really good defence, said the smiling Swede.

Vancsik, who won for the first time last season, set himself up for a second career title with a flying start in his third round. He eagled the first hole and after adding two more birdies against a lone bogey on the outward nine, he charged home in 31.

I played really well today. I made a few putts, which helps the confidence on these greens, said the 30-year-old. I didn’t strike the ball well but putted well on the greens, different to last week (where he finished tied ninth in India). E-mail to a friend

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March 8, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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