Francesco Molinari shot a final round 66 to move through the field at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland and set a clubhouse target of ten under par.
The Italian carded six birdies and a bogey in his five under par round at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Starting with six pars, he then birdied both the par four seventh and par three eighth.
Three birdies in four holes at 12, 13 and 15 saw Molinari cut through the field although he then dropped a shot at the 16th.
But a birdie at the par four 18th was enough to give him a one shot clubhouse lead over France’s Michael Lorenzo-Vera, who hit a superb final round 65.
Out on the course, Northern Ireland’s 19 year old Rory McIlroy, four clear after three rounds, had slipped from the top of the leaderboard as Juan Abbate and Jean-François Lucquin advanced to 13 under par.
Both leaders were four under for their round, with Argentina’s Abbate through 13 and his French counterpart approaching the 13th tee.
Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares was a shot further back, along with McIlroy - who was bidding to become the third youngest winner in European Tour history.
McIlroy bogeyed the second and was overtaken by three birdies in the first five from Abbate.
The teenager came back with a matching three on the 341 yard fifth, however, and began the back nine 12 under par with Abbate and also Canizares, son of former Ryder Cup player Jose Maria.
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