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Mixed round for Harrington in Malaysia while Spaniard Elvira holds narrow lead

The Ryder Cup captain hit six birdies and five bogeys in the third round at the Maybank Championship.

Harrington is competing in his first tournament since suffering a broken wrist.
Harrington is competing in his first tournament since suffering a broken wrist.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

PADRAIG HARRINGTON CARDED a one-under 71 at the end of a mixed third round at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia. 

The Ryder Cup captain, who is competing in his first tournament since suffering a broken wrist in December, hit an impressive six birdies in all on Saturday. 

But his progress was halted by five bogeys, with four of those coming on the front-nine.

He’s on two-under overall and sits 11 shots off the leader Nacho Elvira of Spain, who holds a two-stroke lead in a bid to win his first European Tour win.

The Spaniard fired a six-under 66 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club to improve to 13-under on Saturday.

Elvira, who has four wins on the Challenge Tour, is two shots clear of American David Lipsky (67) in Kuala Lumpur after mixing seven birdies with a bogey.

Lipsky, the 2017 runner-up, sits at 11-under, a shot ahead of Australian Scott Hend (67), Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (68) and German Maximilian Kieffer (68).

Overnight leader Thomas Pieters endured a miserable round to fall out of contention, firing a six-over 78.

The Belgian fell back to two-under and a tie for 42nd after a tough day that included three double bogeys on the back nine.

Ernie Els (69) and Benjamin Hebert (65) sit in a tie for sixth at nine-under.

Additional reporting by Sinéad Farrell

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