Nacho Elvira edges closer to Maybank Championship title

David Lipsky of the United States chip to the green on the 18th hole at the Malaysia Golf Championship 3rd round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Phoon)
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole at the Malaysia Golf Championship 3rd round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Phoon)
Nacho Elvira of Spain waves to the crowd at the 18th hole at the Malaysia Golf Championship 3rd round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Phoon)
Ernie Els of South Africa play from the bunker at hole eighteen at the Malaysia Golf Championship 3rd round in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Phoon)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Nacho Elvira took a big step towards clinching a first European Tour title after he fired a 6-under-par 66 for a two-shot advantage over David Lipsky after the third round at the Maybank Championship on Saturday.

Elvira has been on song since the opening round where he joint-led the standings, and the Spaniard maintained that consistency with seven birdies to reach 13-under in sweltering conditions at the Saujana Golf & Country Club.

Australia's Scott Hend, Maximilian Kieffer of Germany and Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond are in a tie for third at 10-under, with Ernie Els a further shot back.

Despite his lead and form going into the final round, Elvira was not thinking about a breakthrough European Tour victory just yet.

"It would be great to start here (winning on the European Tour) but I really don't think about it too much," Elvira said. "I like the way I've turned round my season a little bit. Let's see what tomorrow brings."

Lipsky shot a 67 to reach 12-under and the American could have done better if not for two bogeys on holes 5 and 17.

"It's a tricky course so you're going to make bogeys out there, you've just got to make your share of birdies," Lipsky said. "If I can shoot the same as I did today or yesterday I'll be pretty happy. That's all I can do, just put myself in position."

Surprise package Danny Masrin who came into the round tied for second, faltered with four bogeys and a double bogey to slide out of contention.

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