The English pair of Gary Clark and Iain Pyman are in hot pursuit of Argentina’s Daniel Barbetti, who for the third consecutive day leads the way at the Tusker Kenya Open on the European Challenge Tour.
Londoner Clark’s bogey-free round of 65, featuring six birdies, was the lowest of the day at Nairobi’s Karen Country Club, and saw the 36 year old move into contention to land his first Challenge Tour title.
Clark was joined on nine under par – one shot off the lead – by compatriot Pyman, who blamed miss putts for a failure to repeat his heroics of the previous day, when he shot a 65.
Both Englishmen have set their sights on overhauling young pretender Barbetti, who has headed the field since his six under par round on the opening day.
After picking up four shots through 12 holes today the Argentine had established a healthy advantage, only to see his lead shrink following a bogey at the 15th and a double bogey on the 16th.
But Barbetti regrouped, and ended his round on a high with a birdie on the final hole.
He said: “I was a bit nervous for the first few holes, but after that I settled down and started to play my natural game. The wind was a little lighter than yesterday, which made things a little easier.
“Of course I was disappointed to drop shots on the 15th and 16th, but it was good to finish with a birdie. It gave me confidence for tomorrow.
“I expect to be a little nervous, but hopefully I will be able to keep it under control. I’ve played three good rounds of golf, so hopefully now I can see it through.
“I’ve won four tournaments in South America, but this would be the biggest victory of my career. Of course my aim now is to earn a card on the European Tour. That is my dream.”
Another dreaming of victory is home hope Dismas Indiza, who joined Austria’s Thomas Feyrsinger and Scotland’s Scott Henderson on eight under par after shooting a 67.
Henderson, a former winner of the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, posted an eagle on the par five 15th en route to a three under par round of 68.
Having finished the day three shots off the lead Wales’ Liam Bond is also in contention, as are the English duo of Steve Lewton and Gary Boyd, who are a further two shots back.