England’s Mathew King produced a third round 66 at the Skandia PGA Open to take a two shot lead going into the final round. The 28 year old is looking for his maiden Challenge Tour victory after a string of consistent performances over the summer of 2004.
Birdies at the fourth, sixth and ninth ensured King went to the turn in three under 31 before a bogey and an eagle three on the par five 15th saw him home in 35 – ensuring a two stroke lead from his fellow countryman Oliver Wilson with his nine under total of 201.
The Swedish pair of Johan Axgren and Henrik Nystrom joined Norway’s Jan Are Larsen on six under after respective rounds of 67, 71 and 65 left them on six under 204.
King’s last three tournaments have seen him scale the Challenge Tour Rankings. His second place finish behind Englishman Graeme Storm at the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge was followed up by a tie for 16th place at the dual ranking BMW Russian Open and then a joint sixth finish at the Rolex Trophy.
As a result of those performances, King is now 22nd on the Rankings with €31,771. King is hoping to go one better than he did in Wales to break into the Challenge Tour’s top 15 and give himself a realistic chance of winning a place on the 2005 European Tour International Schedule.
Wilson is just one place outside the hallowed top 15 spots by virtue of his three top ten finished this season, his best performance coming at the Tessali Metaponto Open de Puglia e Basilicata where he finished second behind Sweden’s Leif Westerberg.
Westerberg is lying among the eight strong group on four under par on the Skandia PGA Open leaderboard after his third round of two over 72 at the Arlandastad Golf Club, with the Swedish pair of Kalle Brink and Hampus Van Post alongside Graeme Storm of England on five under 205.