Ben Crane moved up the leaderboard for a share of the lead with Pariya Junhasavasdikul after his second round 64 took him to eleven-under-par at halfway in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers signing up during the inaugural US PGA sanctioned tournament at the MINES Resort in Selangor, Malaysia from 28 – 31 October.
Thailand’s Junhasavasdikul shot five birdies on the last seven holes to card a 65 and the pair are just one shot clear of first round leader Ricky Barnes and Ryan Moore who scored 69 and 68 respectively.
Carl Pettersson is fifth after his 68 left him on nine-under-par with Luke Donald, Adam Scott and DJ Trahan a shot further back in a tie for sixth.
Bookmakers reacted to Crane’s bogey-free round by installing him favourite to take first prize on Sunday, with Sporting Bet offering odds of 5/1 for the 34-year-old American to win his second PGA title of the year.
Sporting bet make him odds of 3/4 to outscore his Thai partner in the third round while Extrabet go 9/5 for Junhasavasdiku to come out best in the two-ball which tees off at 5.00am BST.
England’s Luke Donald slipped in bookmakers’ estimations even though he equalled his first round 67 and is handily placed three shots off the lead.
William Hill bet 8/1 for Donald to lift the trophy and they are offering odds of 8/11 for him to beat DJ Trahan in their two-ball which tees off at 4.40am.
Top of the leaderboard:
-11 P Junhasavasdikul (Thai), B Crane (USA)
-10 R Moore (USA), R Barnes (USA)
-9 C Pettersson (Swe)
-8 L Donald (Eng), A Scott (Aus), DJ Trahan (USA)
CIMB ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC MALAYSIA, Third round tee times(BST):
01:50 Hussin, Shaaban Dodt, Andrew
02:00 Leishman, Marc Fraser, Marcus
02:10 Senden, John Palmer, Ryan
02:20 Lam, Chih-Bing Na, Kevin
02:30 Hiratsuka, Tetsuji Yang, Y.E
02:40 Haas, Bill Noh, Seung-yul
02:50 Holmes, J.B. Aphibarnrat, Kiradech
03:00 Atwal, Arjun Choi, K.J.
03:10 Goosen, Retief Allenby, Robert
03:20 Slocum, Heath Rahman, Siddikur
03:30 Wiratchant, Thaworn Mamat, Mardan
03:40 Sim, Michael Clark, Tim 10:50 am Davis, Brian Wi, Charlie
04:00 Jaidee, Thongchai Laird, Martin
04:10 Els, Ernie Fowler, Rickie
04:20 Gillis, Tom Streelman, Kevin
04:30 Trahan, D.J. Donald, Luke
04:40 Scott, Adam Pettersson, Carl
04:50 Barnes, Ricky Moore, Ryan
05:00 Junhasavasdikul, Pariya Crane, Ben