Jiménez has won 11 of his 18 European Tour titles since turning 40, but the last of those was two years ago in Switzerland.
“I love to be in contention,” said The Ryder Cup Vice Captain. “It's been a long time since I've been there and I'm happy and I like this golf course.
“I like to be in contention on this golf course and you have to have patience and let everything happen. That's what's going to happen tomorrow, stay patient because anyone can win.”
Zhang came home in a one under 34 for a share of third nine under, while 19 year old Matteo Manassero burst onto a leaderboard dominated by veterans all week with a brilliant inward 30.
The Italian, whose victory at last week’s Barclays Singapore Open made him the first teenager to win three European Tour titles, wasted little time searching for a fourth as he followed a 15 foot eagle at the 13th with a hattrick of birdies; the resulting 64 taking him to nine under for the week.
“I played well throughout the whole round,” said The European Tour’s youngest winner.
“I had a really good practise yesterday and today I have to say, I struck the ball really well. I had plenty of chances, and on the back nine I really had some short putts for birdie and I made a few good ones.
“Last week really made me relax a lot on the golf course, and these three rounds and my position coming into this Sunday is certainly due to and what happened last week - I've got more freedom.”
Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed holds sole possession of fifth on eight under after signing for a level par 70, while Anders Hansen and Peter Lawrie – the latter all-but certain of a DP World Tour Championship place after starting the week in the 60th and final qualifying spot – will still harbour title aspirations from three shots behind.
Andrew Dodt’s 68 did the Australian the world of good as he looks to climb the three places required on The Race to Dubai to retain his card.
Rhys Davies, currently holding the 119th and last card, followed his spectacular par save at the last yesterday – he had to chip out from behind a tree and get up and down from the fairway to make the cut – with a 69 that moved him up to 53rd.
|1||JIMÉNEZ, Miguel Angel||ESP||18||-15|
|2||ANDERSSON HED, Fredrik||SWE||18||-14|