Paul Waring will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters, as Scotland's Scott Jamieson came agonisingly close to recording the first 59 on The European Tour.
Jamieson charged into contention with 11 birdies in the first 17 holes of his third round at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course, and needed another on the last of the par 71 layout to break the magical 60 barrier.However, his approach ran just over the green and his chip from around 15 feet grazed the edge of the hole, the 29 year old sinking to his knees before tapping in for par.
He said: "I said to Richard (his caddie) playing 17 I really want to make a birdie here so we have a chance of it going down the last and I could not have asked to hit a better shot in. It pitched just short of the hole...what a chip as well!
"When I birdied the 13th I said to Richard, 'a few more and we could be part of history'. I was definitely nervous but thinking about it from the tournament point of view the leaders are going to be a minimum of 16, 17 maybe 18 under going into tomorrow so that kept me going from a pushing point of view."Jamieson, who carded an opening 66 but struggled to a 73 on Friday, added: "I played really well the first day and got nothing out of it. I was five under par but the longest putt I holed was maybe eight feet for par on one hole.
"I felt like I have been playing well for a while - there have been a few good rounds in there. Yesterday I didn't necessarily play poorly, I just didn't score well so it was nice today."
Waring, who is playing on a medical extension this season after an operation on a serious wrist injury, looked to be drifting out of contention when he bogeyed the par five fifth and then fired his approach to the ninth over the green.But the 28 year old promptly chipped in for an unlikely birdie and collected four more on the back nine to move two shots clear of Jamieson, playing partner Hennie Otto, Ireland's Simon Thornton and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.
"It was very good towards the end of the round," said Waring, who enjoyed the first top five finish of his European Tour career at the Open de España in April and has had three more top tens since."I started a bit poorly and didn't quite hit it close enough but holed some nice putts towards the end of the day. I feel pretty good, two ahead, so we will see what happens tomorrow."