CIMB: Van Pelt misses chance at a rare 59

8:26 am | October 29, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Bo Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 on Saturday when he had double-bogey on the 18th at the CIMB Classic, an unofficial PGA Tour event.

Van Pelt, the defending champion, had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth on the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club course. He had two more birdies to give him 11 in round and only needed one more to join an elite club.

However, he hit his approach on No. 18 into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16-under.

Garrigus, who led by two strokes coming into the weekend, had 69 for a total of 197, while fellow American Chris Kirk shot a 63 to move to 15-under, one clear of Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger.

Tiger Woods started aggressively with five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 to be in a group of five players tied at 11-under.

Only five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events — the last being Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. If Van Pelt had shot a 59 it wouldn’t have counted on Van Pelt’s official statistics because the CIMB Classic — which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour — doesn’t become a full-fledged PGA Tour event until next year.

The 37-year-old American said his chance for a 59 vanished in the bunker.

“From there, I pretty much had nothing,” he said. “Obviously disappointed to finish with a double (bogey) but I’m really proud of the 171⁄2 holes I played and hopefully that’ll carry on tomorrow, and not the last one.”

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