Andrew Sherborne will end nine winless years if he can keep his lead through Sunday’s final round of the Tusker Kenya Open in Nairobi. The 39-year-old Bristolian, whose last tour victory was the 1992 Spanish Open and who lost his tour card at the end of 1999, leads by two shots after shooting a third round 68 at Muthaiga.
Despite suffering from a jippy tummy, Sherborne returned an eagle and four birdies for a 12-under-par tally of 201, two ahead of Birmingham's Sam Walker and three clear of Spaniard Alvaro Salto.
Sherborne might have been even further ahead but two bogeys in his closing seven holes were a direct result of a loss of concentration caused by his stomach problems.
"I struggled towards the end of my second round on Friday and had to try hard to keep concentrated today," he said. "I got the round going but lost it towards the end with those two bogeys. But I struck the ball well although my putting was not up to the first two days. We'll just have to see what happens tomorrow."
Walker, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Thursday and is in his first season on the Challenge Tour, ran in seven birdies in a 67 for 203, going out in 33.
Salto is looking for a solid finish after the bitter disappointment of having to pull out of last year’s Grand Final in Cuba with a rib injury. His 66 hauled him up to third on 204 and in sight of his second Challenge Tour title.
Alan McLean, the South Africa-based Scot, who led after round one and was a shot behind Sherborne going into round three, could do no better than a par 71 to drop back to fourth on 205.
Another 67 was returned by Mark Foster, the former English champion. It leaves him in joint fifth place on 206, alongside Springbok, Ashley Roestoff (68) and Denmark’s Thomas Havemann, who returned 65.
That was matched by England's Simon Hurd, who also leapt up the leaderboard with an eagle and five birdies for 207. On the same mark are Frenchmen Thomas Besancenez (70), and Jean-Francois Lucquin (71), Sweden’s Fredrik Widmark (66) and Bradford Vaughan (67) from South Africa.
Despite being hampered by tennis elbow, Hertfordshire's Philip Golding went round in 67 to make it six players on 207, six shots behind Sherborne.
England’s Lee James, joint third with Lucquin and Walker going into the third round, plunged to a 78 and joint 38th.Third round scores