Stuart Manley holds the KPMG Trophy lead with one round to play after shooting a bogey-free six under par 65 on Day Three at L’Empereur Golf & Country Club.
The Welshman began the day tied with Scotsman David Law at the top of the leaderboard, but after three pars to begin his round, he carded six birdies to reach 19 under par and now holds a two-shot lead over Sweden’s Anton Karlsson, who signed for a seven under par 64.
Manley, who has just one bogey this week, remained patient after a relatively slow start and was pleased to remain at the top of the pile after 54 holes.
“I’m pretty happy to back up my first two rounds,” he said. “After the first two rounds, it’s never easy with everyone trying to chase you down, so I’m very pleased.
“I got off to a bit of a slow start again and I three-putted number three, which was annoying, but I got a good birdie on four. I just stayed patient, picked off a few birdies here and there and kept it steady. I kept the bogeys off the card and ended up with a 65.
“I don’t think anyone really fired a low one at me. Karlsson obviously shot a 64 but he was coming from a little further back. I stayed patient and tried to plot my way around the golf course.
“I tried to make a few birdies and that’s all my game plan was really, just to keep going forward.”
The 39 year old was the co-leader at the 56˚ Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort after three rounds and also led the Andalucía Costa del Sol Match Play 9 at the end of Day Two and he hopes to learn from the mistakes he made in those events to march towards victory tomorrow.
“I need to make it enjoyable I think. I need to go out there and focus on my game and go forward,” he said. “I need to play the same kind of golf, try and make birdies, keep it in play but just try and play positive.
“I’d prefer to be chasing. I think you can free roll and go at pins more. That’s the kind of mentality I want tomorrow, that’s what I’m trying to build on.
“In the past, I’ve chased down people quite well but it’s hard to lead from the front. Tomorrow I just want to have that same relaxed feel, keep positive and keep going forward.
“I’ve been in this position a couple of times recently so I know how I’m going to feel tomorrow and I know the mistakes I’ve made recently.
“I’ve got to be careful what I’m thinking and I’ve just got to be positive tomorrow and go out there with a good attitude, play my game and see what happens.”
Swede Karlsson, whose 64 was the joint low round of the day alongside Jack Singh Brar, is two shots off the lead on 17 under par, while first round leader Pedro Figueiredo is a further two shots back on 15 under.
Damien Perrier, who won the 2016 D+D REAL Czech Challenge, is among the group on 14 under par, along with Germany’s Alex Knappe and Mark Flindt Haastrup, of Denmark.
The final round of the KPMG Trophy gets underway at 9:00am local time on Sunday, with the final group of Manley, Karlsson and Figueiredo set to tee it up at 10:50am.