England’s Matthew Blackey takes a one stroke lead into the final round of the Talma Finnish Challenge at Golf Talma in his bid for a maiden professional victory.
Blackey, a former England International from Hayling, Hamshire, shot a third round 67, five under par, for a 16 under par total of 200, one ahead of the current leader of the Challenge Tour Rankings Lee James who shot a two under par 70.
Blackey, who played on The European Tour two years ago but was unable to keep his card, is enjoying a rich vein of form recently having finished third in the Charles Church Challenge Tour Championship last week and his first title since turning professional five years ago is now within his grasp. He picked up six birdies with just the one dropped shot to overhaul halfway leader James.
Former Walker Cup player James, the runaway leader of the Challenge Tour Rankings having already won two titles this season, dropped two shots in his first six holes but bounced back with four birdies as he seeks to extend his lead at the top of the Rankings.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts is lying in third place after a third round 69 left him on 13 under par 203 and three shots off the lead while Denmark’s Alan Hogh and Hennie Otto of South Africa are tgwo shots further back.