Estanislao Goya looked to be cruising to victory with nine holes of the final round remaining in the Madeira Islands Open BPI - Portugal at Porto Santo Golfe.
The 20 year old rising star moved three shots clear of nearest challenger Damien McGrane in the third round and extended that lead at the start of the final round with a birdie at the first taking him four shots clear of his 37 year old rival.
A double bogey six at the third suggested the 2008 Tour de las Americas Order of Merit winner might be about to lose his cool but he birdied the sixth to reach the turn level par for the day and eight under for the week.
Last year’s Volvo China Open winner McGrane - playing with Goya in the final group - was one over for the day on four under after a bogey at the fifth, which meant the Irishman had failed to make par on the 166 yard par three all week.
Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey fought back from a double bogey at the third for the second day running to reach level par through ten holes and move into third on three under, with The Netherlands’ Wil Besseling a further shot back.
Anthony Wall and David Drysdale were two of the only players under par for the day - both two under on their rounds - as they moved into fifth and sixth respectively.