Antti Ahokas of Finland made the most of his strength of the tee and his superb short game to establish a three stroke lead at the 103 Abierto VISA de la Republica presentado por Peugeot.
The 23 year old left hander cared a four under par 66 at the Hurlingham Golf Club in Buenos Aries to move to 11 under par 199, three shots ahead of Argentina’s Martín Monguzzi and four ahead of second round leader Stephen Browne.
Monguzzi kept himself in the running with a level par 70 on day three, while Browne, despite a three over par 73, is still very much in contention to win a third Challenge Tour title.
Argentina’s Estanislao Goya, winner of the Abierto de Centro last Sunday, is still in the hunt after his own 70 saw him join England’s David Horsey on six under 204.
“It was a good round for me,” said Ahokas. “My only mistake came at the second and from that point on I knew I needed to stay patient, because the course is very difficult to attack.
“The eagle at 11 was crucial, as it took me to the top and raised my confidence. I missed the cut when I played this same event back in 2006.
“I think it would be fantastic to win a championship as important as this one,” added the leader of the US$200,000 event co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the European Challenge Tour.