Edoardo, hoping for a Ryder Cup wild card to join Francesco in Europe's Team later today, two-putted the long second hole for birdie, but Francesco had splashed out of a bunker to three feet and made it to move to 11 under par.
England's Simon Dyson, needing to overtake the two Italians and win the title to have a chance of automatic selection, also birdied the hole, but bogeyed the next.
On eight under he stood joint fourth and among those alongside him was Miguel Angel Jiménez after he chipped in at the short sixth.
Should Dyson win Jiménez has to finish in the top nine and Swede Peter Hanson in the top 43 to deny the York golfer. With two to play Hanson was joint 31st.
Edoardo Molinari took over the lead when he birdied the short sixth and his brother three-putted the next.
Francesco did it again on the next and although Edoardo also missed a three foot par putt he remained one in front at nine under.
Jiménez was joint second, but Dyson's four pars in a row meant he was only two back and still had everything to play for.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson set the clubhouse target of seven under with a 69. It was the first sub-70 score of the day to underline how difficult conditions were, but for that he three-putted the 17th for bogey and the long 18th for par.
The Molinaris both took six on the 618 yard ninth, but with Frenchman Grégory Bourdy dropping a shot on the 11th at the same time Edoardo still led by one.
Jiménez was one behind, but Dyson's hopes were fading as he bogeyed the ninth and tenth and fell three back.
Jiménez looked home and dry for the ninth and last automatic cup spot when he matched Donaldson's total despite double-bogeying the short 17th, where he missed a tap-in of around 12 inches.
He was annoyed it might cost him the tournament - Francesco Molinari and Australian Brett Rumford were one ahead with four and one to go respectively - but Dyson was three under after 15.
He was where he wanted Jiménez to be - joint ninth - and the Spaniard was where he wanted to be, right in there with a chance to win.
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