Gallacher level with Oosthuizen at Malaysian Open

Two birdies over the space of the first four holes helped Scotland`s Stephen Gallacher steal a march on his rivals and take a share of the lead at the Malaysian Open this morning.

Two birdies over the space of the first four holes helped Scotland's Stephen Gallacher steal a march on his rivals and take a share of the lead at the Malaysian Open this morning.

Nicely placed at nine-under-par after a rain-affected opening two rounds, the West Lothian shaved off shots at the second and third to vault to the top of the leaderboard alongside Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen.

Both men were sitting pretty on 11-under, although neither could afford any time to relax with a host of challengers behind them.

Heading that list was France's Romain Wattel who was two-under for the day through 10 and just a shot behind, while Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello's four birdies in six opening holes saw him rise nine places into fourth.

Three birdies across six from Ricardo Gonzalez shot him up to eight-under, one of four men on that score, although he will have been the happier of that quarter with the other three all on the slide this morning.

Overnight leader Hennie Otto, JB Kruger and David Lipsky all dropped a shot early on, lending an even more congested look to the overall card.

Eight men were stationed on six under, including England's Simon Dyson (two under through six), while a little further back, Italian teenager Matteo Manassero was also on the charge, trimming three shots off his overnight two under through nine.

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