Robert-Jan Derksen's lead at the Ballantine's Championship was looking safe as very few players were shooting minus numbers in very windy conditions at the Pinx Golf Club at the start of the third round.
Derksen held a two shot lead overnight after moving onto nine under overall in bad weather during round two, and as the blustery winds continued, few players were carding decent scores once play finally got underway after more than a three hour delay.
The event organisers had planned to get the third round up and running at around 7am local time with simultaneous tee shots from the first and tenth, as gusts of up to 40mph had been forecast for the afternoon.
Early morning fog put paid to that idea, however, and by the time the first players took to the links at around 10.15am, the winds were already beginning to whip up out on the greens.
Derksen too was affected, as his tee shot from the second was picked up by the wind and carried into the crowds gathered behind the green.
He recovered with a great chip and then a long putt to make par however, keeping him two shots ahead of playing partner for the day and nearest rival Thongchai Jaidee on seven under.
Kang Wook-soon – who had been tied in second place on seven under overnight – bogeyed both of his first two holes to drop to five under.
Elsewhere, there was very little movement with Ernie Els one under after nine holes to move to three under overall, while Henrik Stenson had dropped back to par with a score of two over after nine holes.
The day's biggest movers in a positive direction were Australia's Brett Rumford and Mikko Ilonen of Finland, who both had scores of two under after nine and eight holes respectively after both carded eagles at the fourth hole.