Bo Van Pelt missed a chance at a rare 59 on Saturday when he had double-bogey on the 18th at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Van Pelt, the defending champion, had four birdies in the first six holes, then five in a row from the eighth on the par-71 Mines Resort course. He had two more birdies to give him 11 in round and only needed one more to join an elite club.
But he hit his approach on No. 18 into the greenside bunker and needed three putts, finishing with a 9-under 62 for a share of the third-round lead with Robert Garrigus at 16-under 197.
Garrigus, the second-round leader, shot 69.
Chris Kirk shot a 63 to move to 15 under, a stroke clear of Brendon de Jonge (66) and Jbe Kruger (69).
Tiger Woods had five birdies in the first eight holes but had three bogeys and a double-bogey on the back nine and finished at 69 for an 11-under total.
"I was right there. I had plenty of easy holes to go, but I didn't capitalize on that at all," he said. "I made a couple of bad decisions, bad swings."
Only five players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events -- the last being Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. If Van Pelt had shot a 59 it wouldn't have counted on his official stats because the CIMB -- which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour -- doesn't become a full-fledged PGA Tour event until next year.
The 37-year-old American said his chance for a 59 vanished in the bunker.
"From there, I pretty much had nothing," said Van Pelt, who won the Perth (Australia) International last week.
European Tour: Peter Hanson shot a 2-under 70 to lead Rory McIlroy by a stroke at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Hanson, who won the KLM Open last month, was at 15-under 200 at Lake Malaren. McIlroy, chasing a fifth title this season, shot 69.
LPGA Tour: Inbee Park shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead at the Taiwan Championship in Yang Mei.
The South Korean had two eagles and five birdies and was at 18-under 198 at the Sunrise course.
Suzann Pettersen shot 66 to sit in second, two strokes ahead of defending champion and local favorite Yani Tseng (66). Pleasanton native Paula Creamer (67) was at 209, two shots ahead of Stanford grad Michelle Wie (68).
Web.com Tour: Alameda's James Hahn shot a 7-under 64 in the Tour Championship for a share of the lead with Justin Hicks in McKinney, Texas.
Hicks had a 67 to match Hahn at 12-under 201.
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending event at TPC Craig Ranch, and the final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. Hahn and Hicks have already wrapped up tour cards, with Hahn 13th on the money list, and Hicks 11th.
Champions Tour: Mark Calcavecchia shot a 3-under 69 to increase his lead to four strokes after the second round of the AT&T Championship.
Calcavecchia, three shots ahead after the completion of the rain-delayed first round, had an 8-under 136 total at TPC San Antonio. Kenny Perry (70) was second.