Pat Perez opens up four-shot lead at CIMB Classic

Pat Perez opens up four-shot lead at CIMB Classic

Pat Perez has opened up his lead at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur to four shots after firing an eight-under-par 64 in Friday's third round.

Perez, 41, was never threatened in the fourth round in Malaysia, with 2011 US PGA Championship victor Keegan Bradley (67) finishing second.

"I'm not going to change anything, " said Perez when asked on course by the PGA Tour how the win would change things for him. "I'm still going to have a bad diet and I'm going to enjoy myself".

It was Perez's third PGA title, following on from wins at the Bob Hope Classic in 2009 and the OHL Classic in November previous year.




But Perez responded with three consecutive birdies and signed off with a good four at the long final hole to hit the front on 21 under par, four clear of the in-form Xander Schauffele.

Schauffele did miss further opportunities over the next five holes, but managed to birdie 16 and 18 to ensure a place alongside Perez in Sunday's final group as he claimed outright second ahead of Sung Kang, who had an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys in an entertaining 65.

American Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship victor, shot 71 to lie sixth, one shot ahead of Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello who fought back following two early bogeys.

Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama signed off with a 71 to finish tied fifth with Australia's Cameron Smith, and headliner Justin Thomas, who was bidding for a third successive win at the tournament, ended tied 17 after a 67. The $7 million CIMB Classic is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour. "I'm just kind of doing it". I'm going to work hard and I'm just going to - I'm just taking it a day at a time, I really am.

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