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Saturday, 18 August 2007

Ross McGowan unleashed a devastating run of five birdies in six holes to establish a two stroke lead at the Rolex Trophy and leave himself just 18 holes away from winning a place on The European Tour.

With two victories already on the 2007 Challenge Tour Schedule, McGowan could be playing out the rest of his season on The European Tour if he can secure a third win of the year in Switzerland.

The 26 year old Englishman, who would be the first player in Challenge Tour history to invoke the ‘three win’ rule, set up the biggest round of his career so far at the Golf Club de Genève with a brilliant back nine showing that began with a ten foot birdie on the tenth and kept going until the 15th green.

Had he had a bit more fortune, McGowan could have picked up  shot on every hole of the back nine, but he was, naturally, satisfied with his third round 67 that took him to 14 under 202 and into a two shot lead from Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera.

“I played very well on the back nine today, but I have been playing as well as I have all year from tee to green this week,” said McGowan, who won at the Oceanico Developments Pro-Am Challenge, and the Estoril Challenge de Portugal.

“If you are playing like that and add a few birdie putts here and there then you are going to score well and I have managed to sink the putts this week.

“Tomorrow could be a huge day but there is a bit to do before I can think about winning three times. Any of the guys in the field could make a big move because there are a lot chances on this golf course, so I will have to try and play the way I have been for the first three rounds.

“My goal at the start of the season was to finish the year in the top ten. Obviously if I win the third event then I’ll have made a quicker move that I could have hoped for but it’s not something I want to think about too much for the moment.”

Lorenzo-Vera, two behind McGowan after a third round 68, is one such player capable of producing a rousing final round to spoil McGowan’s shot at glory, as is third placed Colm Moriarty of Ireland, who is three behind the leader on 11 under.

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