Kingston and Orr hit the front

9/10/2011 6:22:29 PM
James Kingston  (Getty Images)
James Kingston (Getty Images)
South African James Kingston and Scotland’s Gary Orr moved into pole position with a round to play at the KLM Open.

Two-time European Tour winner Kingston recovered from a double bogey at the first with six birdies – five of them on the back nine – to fire a third round 66 and reach ten under par.

And he was joined by Orr – who recorded both of his European Tour victories 11 years ago – who birdied the last to match Kingston’s score.

“I didn't start out all that great on the first, and turned out to be quite a nice day,” said Kingston.

England’s David Lynn – whose only victory in 350 European Tour starts came in this event in 2004 - lies a shot off the pace after a two under par 68.

Amongst those a shot further back, Paul McGinley has the chance to end nearly six years without a win - right on the eve of being a non-playing captain again for Great Britain and Ireland in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.

A spectacular back nine of 28, seven under par, with five birdies and then an eagle lifted the 44 year old Irishman right into the mix.

McGinley also finished with further birdies at the seventh and eighth - after a double bogey on the previous hole - for a 64 and eight under par aggregate.

Having started the third round joint 33rd, he goes into the final round in joint fourth place only two shots behind.

Rory McIlroy's four birdies in the last eight holes lifted him to eighth spot on seven under and far from out of it.

Lee Westwood, even with two closing birdies, needs something special, though, to resurrect his chances. The World Number Two is four under and in a tie for 17th.

"What a round," said McGinley. "I didn't play brilliantly, but I putted brilliantly. I was saying that if I had more days like that I would have had some career."

He has not had a bad one as it is, being part of three victorious Ryder Cup sides and three winning Seve Trophy teams - two as a player and then as captain two years ago.

McGinley admitted it had given him "a buzz" to be put in charge once more for this coming week's clash against Continental Europe in Paris.

Without a top-ten finish for almost two years, McGinley has slumped to 568th in the Official World Golf Ranking, yet Orr is 674th.

The 44 year old, playing on a medical exemption this year after suffering back trouble, is also down in 187th place on The Race to Dubai, but he has a great opportunity to end worries about his future.

“My lower back has been on and off,” said Orr. “But the last few months, it's been better and so I started playing again at Wentworth, but my game has been really poor. I can't blame any excuses on the back unfortunately. I'd like to blame it on the back but it's been good since then.”

Simon Dyson, leader after the first and second rounds, had a 72 and slipped back alongside McGinley, Swede Niclas Fasth and France's Alexandra Kaleka.

Defending champion Martin Kaymer missed the cut by three earlier in the day, the second round not being completed until near lunchtime following the two delays on Thursday, first for vandalism on four greens and then for flooding.

And with more inclement weather forecast in the Hilversum area on Sunday, the tournament organisers have decided to bring forward the tee times for the final round.

The final round tee times will now be between 8am and 10am in a loop draw from tees one and nine, with the players again playing in three balls.