Estanislao Goya steadied his nerves with a birdie at the first as the 20 year old Argentinian remained on course for his maiden European Tour win at the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal at Porto Santo Golfe.
The rising start moved three shots clear of nearest challenger Damien McGrane in the third round and extended that lead at the start of the final round.
Goya admitted he was delighted with his two under par 69 in a wind affected third round at the Seve Ballesteros designed course.
While many other players on the leaderboard struggled to stay under par, Goya put himself in pole position to take the title.
“It was tough, very windy,” said the 2008 Tour de las Americas Order of Merit winner. “It made it really interesting because it wasn’t easy to hit shots.
“The course is tough without the wind but I had to work really hard and be focused and patient. I’m really happy.
“I saw a lot of high scores on the leaderboard so I’m happy. To make two under here is like a six or seven under in normal conditions.”
Playing partner McGrane was level par for the day and remained five under through two holes, with Spain’s Carlos Rodiles in third slipping a further shot off the pace with a bogey at the first leaving him three under overall, a stroke ahead of The Netherlands’ Wil Besseling.