Edoardo Molinari (Getty Images)
Edoardo Molinari was still the man to catch as the third round of the D+D Real Czech Masters got into full swing but his lead had been reduced to a single shot.
The three time European Tour winner began the day two strokes clear of his nearest challenger after firing back to back bogey free 66s.
He was joined on 12 under as the field took advantage of favourable scoring conditions, but he made an unlikely birdie from a tricky spot on the third green to lead on his own once again.
The early starters showed the final few groups that there were plenty of birdies to be found in scorable conditions on Saturday afternoon, with Erik van Rooyen and Jack Singh Brar each turning in 31 to join overnight leader Molinari at the summit before he had even completed the first hole.
Molinari was unable to take advantage of the par five first, narrowly missing his birdie putt from around 15 feet after launching his tee shot into a fairway bunker.
And the Italian had to settle for another par at the second as his long birdie putt landed a couple of feet from the hole.
But he picked up his first birdie of the day at the short third after charging his quick uphill putt into the hole from range to regain the outright lead on 13 under par.