Thongchai Jaidee and Raphaël Jacquelin were very much in the hunt at four under, with Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter a shot further back.
There was a comical end to Graeme McDowell’s third round. With his birdie putt at 18 en route to the hole, the hooter sounded to inform players of the suspension in play. McDowell’s putt duly dropped and the Ulsterman sank to his knees in celebration, knowing that he would not need to return to complete his round.
A 71 put him six shots off the pace at one under.