Ignacio Garrido joined fellow Spaniard Pablo Martin on the leaderboard at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa with a third round 65 at Leopard Creek.
The former Ryder Cup player, without a victory since the 2003 PGA Championship at Wentworth, had made the halfway cut with nothing to spare at one under par.
But seven birdies, five of them in the last seven holes, took him into a tie for fourth on eight under.
That was still five adrift of Martin, who had yet to tee off again the day after a dazzling 63 had taken him four clear of title favourite Ernie Els and in-form Italian Edoardo Molinari.
The 23 year old, most famous for becoming the first amateur to win on The European Tour two years ago, took a four stroke lead into the third round.
The Leopard Creek course is right by the Kruger National Park and Martin, relieved just to keep his European Tour card last season, admitted after a sublime 63: "I was a bit surprised by this.”
He added: “I planned to just come here with my sister and see the animals. So far I like this place a lot.”
It could now bring him his first professional victory and complete a stunning recovery from a slump in which he missed 20 out of 22 cuts, including seven in a row at the start of this year.
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