Saturday, 29 September 2001
England’s Iain Pyman blitzed his way to a 61 to open a seven-shot lead going into the final round of the PGA of Austria Masters in Kitzbuhel.

The 28 year old from Leeds is on 18 under par 195, seven strokes ahead of Andre Bossert from Switzerland, Germany's Marcel Siem, and new Scottish professional Steven O'Hara.

But this was Pyman's day and just the tonic he needed in his bid to regain the tour card he lost at the end of last season. He carded an eagle and eight birdies but his 61 won't count as a record as preferred lies were in operation after recent heavy rains.

Barring a complete disaster, Pyman should not only win his first title since the Challenge de France at Disneyland Paris two years ago, but the first prize will hoist him up the Order of Merit towards the leading 15 positions which earn automatic promotion to the European Tour for next year.

Pyman began the day a shot behind Grant Hamerton, but while the latter struggled to a 75, Pyman opened with four successive threes followed by a birdie-two to be four under for the first five holes.

He added two more birdies on the front nine to be out in 30, while an eagle at the 10th and two more birdies brought him home in 31.

Bossert, currently 17th on the rankings and also seeking a high finish, was one of several players to return 66, while Siem and O’Hara both signed for 67 to lie joint second on 202.

Italy's Marcello Santi (67), Thomas Norret (66) from Denmark, and England’s Philip Golding (68) are on 204 and joint fifth, while Sweden’s Daniel Chopra (70) and another Dane, Thomas Havemann (67) are a shot further back.

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