American Bo Van Pelt played nearly flawless golf Saturday in the third round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, firing a 9-under 62 to join countryman Robert Garrigus atop the leaderboard, while Tiger Woods finds himself five strokes back after an erratic round.

Van Pelt was on fire for the vast majority of his round, compiling a whopping 11 birdies and needing only one more on the 18th for a rare 59. Instead, he found the sand on his approach shot and then three-putted for a double bogey.

Even so, he bridged the seven-stroke gap that had separated him from Garrigus at the start of the day and finished the third round at 16 under.

Van Pelt and Garrigus, who shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday, have a one-shot lead over fellow American Chris Kirk heading into Sunday's final round.

Woods, meanwhile, got off to a blistering start on the front nine with five birdies through eight holes, but then imploded on the back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey to shoot a 2-under 69.

He stands at 11 under after three rounds of this PGA Tour event.

The American great's appearance at the CIMB Classic marks the first time he has competed in Malaysia since winning the World Cup in that country 13 years ago. EFE