Crane remains on top in Malaysia

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, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

SELANGOR, Malaysia -- Ben Crane shot a five-under 66 Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia.

Crane completed 54 holes of the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia at 16-under-par 197.

Sweden's Carl Pettersen briefly grabbed a share of the lead alongside Crane with a back-nine rally that included four birdies in a five-hole span. Pettersen shot five-under 66 and is alone in second place at minus-14.

Americans Ricky Barnes and Ryan Moore both shot two-under 69 Saturday. They were joined in third place at 12-under-par 201 by Singapore's Mardan Mamat (65) and Englishmen Luke Donald (67) and Brian Davis (66).

Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul, who shared the second-round lead with Crane, managed an even-par 71 to slide into a tie for eighth at minus-11.

Among the four players tied with Junhasavasdikul was Kevin Streelman (67) and D.J. Trahan (68). Four of the 12 Americans in the elite 40-player field at The Mines Resort & Golf Club are among the top-12 players on the leaderboard.

Crane got his round going with back-to-back birdies from the third. He cruised to the back nine with six straight pars from No. 4. Crane birdied the 11th, but he tripped a bogey on the 12th to drop back to minus-13.

Pettersen, who had two bogeys and two birdies in the first five holes, was making his move. The Swede birdied the 10th, then rolled in three straight birdie efforts from the 13th to move to 13-under.

Crane, who picked up his third career PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, moved to 14-under with a birdie on 15, but he was Pettersen joined him there with the final birdie of his round at the 17th.

The 34-year-old Crane followed his birdie on 15 with two more on 16 and 17 to end two clear of Pettersen.

NOTES: The winner will receive $1.08 million, but prize money and the victory will be considered unofficial by the PGA Tour...The event is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia...The lone Malaysian in the field, Shaaban Hussin, shot one-under 70 and was in last place at one-over 144.


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