KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AFP) — Huge crowds flocked to Malaysia's CIMB Classic yesterday — but with Tiger Woods the centre of attention, nearly everyone missed the shot of the day.
As bulging galleries trailed Woods, Jason Dufner was watched by just a handful of people as he pulled out his five-iron and aced the par-three seventh, his first hole in one at a PGA-sanctioned event.
"I hit a five-iron that landed about two paces short and hopped right in the hole. First one in a competitive round," said the world number nine.
"It's about the 15th hole-in-one of my life, but felt good to get one when it counted. There were about 10 people (watching). It was a good shot with a little bit of luck."
Woods, the 14-time Major champion, has been followed by so many people this week — his first Asian tournament in two years — that marshals have had difficulty controlling the crowds.
Defending champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus share a one-shot lead going into the final day, with Woods five strokes back. Dufner, aided by his wonder-shot eagle, shot 64 in round three to lie seven off the pace.