Graeme Storm is in pole position to win his second European Tour title after retaining his one shot lead nine holes into the final round at the Omega European Masters.
The Englishman’s second 64 of the week on Saturday, including a stunning hole in one on the 217 yard par three 11th, handed him a one shot advantage heading into Sunday.
And Storm, whose sole European Tour triumph was in 2007 at Open de France ALSTOM, stayed one shot ahead on 18 under at the halfway stage.
Storm, ranked 159th in The Race to Dubai, came flying out of the blocks and was soon two clear when he birdied the opening two holes.
Despite a bogey checking the 36 year old’s progress two holes later, he moved out in front by collecting another shot on the eighth.
David Lipsky, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka are one shot off the pace on 17 under after they all found success on the ninth.
Lipsky had joined Storm in a share of the lead after overcoming a bogey on the first with a trio of consecutive birdies from the third and then a brilliant eagle on the 331 yard par four seventh.
The American dropped a shot on the eighth but ended the front nine with a fourth birdie to move to 17 under.
Fleetwood also succumbed on the eighth to undo his earlier hard work that saw him collect shots on the first and seventh, but he and Koepka both birdied the ninth to boost their hopes.
A superb front nine lifted Danny Willett to within three shots of Storm.
The Englishman picked up an eagle on the 540 yard par five first and then gained shots at the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Irishman Shane Lowry are five shots off the pace on 13 under.