Franck Aumonier completed the best three days of his golfing life so far with a brilliant third round 68 at the Aa 4th St Omer Open.
The Frenchman, more often a member of the chorus line at events such as this, has now roared into the main spotlight by taking the lead on Day One and improving his position each round since.
His third round ,on a hilly and challenging course devoid of a stiff wind for the first time, was studded with accurate drives and controlled approach shots to set up a six under par effort that leaves him three strokes clear
of nearest rival Nicolas Joakimides.
And though Joakimides finished sixth on the Challenge Tour three years ago to secure his big-time Player's Card, it is the previously unfancied Aumonier who appears to hold all the trump cards going into the final
But on the St Omer set-up anything can happen. As England's James Healey proved yesterday by racing out of the pack after a 69 that places him in third spot on 10 under par, four shots adrift of Aumonier.
"I used to be a bit of a party animal but I've refocused on my game over the last couple of years and I feel like I now have the technique to really get somewhere, " said this 25-years-old from Hull who is the only non Frenchman in the top five.
Half round of the day belonged to France's Pascal Edmond who took an apparently disastrous 42 to the turn before changing into his Superman suit and completing the second set of nine holes in just 30, five under.
Scotland's Graham Rankin, meanwhile, retreated angry and upset after a lacklustre par 73 failed to propel him forward after reaching six under by the halfway stage of the tournament.