Crane extends lead to two in Malaysia

Ben Crane during the Asia Pacific Classic.
Ben Crane during the Asia Pacific Classic. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, October 30, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Ben Crane of the United States birdied three of his last four holes to take a two-shot lead in the Asia Pacific Classic on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Crane finished with a 5-under 66 in the third round for a 16-under total of 197. He was two strokes ahead of Sweden’s Carl Pettersson, who also shot a 66.

Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat had a 65 for a share of third place with four other players, another two shots back. Brian Davis, fellow Englishman Luke Donald and American duo Ryan Moore and Ricky Barnes were also tied for third.

Play was delayed for one hour because of a heavy thunderstorm. When it resumed, Crane had three straight birdies from the 15th to 17th holes. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.