Northern Ireland's David Jones fired a six-birdie flawless 66 to take a one shot lead into today's (Mon) final round of the Philips PFA Classic at Meon Valley, Southampton.
It took him to nine under par 135, exactly the score he produced for a one stroke advantage in last year's tournament when he was eventually caught and
beaten in a play-off by Ryder Cup veteran Neil Coles. He said: "I hope that is not some sort of omen. "
The big Bangor professional, produced a spectacular birdie hat-trick to end his round and edge in front of Spain's Ryder Cup veteran Antonio Garrido who has
collected a pair of 68s.
Jones, a former PGA Cup player, is still seeking a European Senior Tour title after three second place finishes over the past two years. He said: "I'm just
pleased to be playing well and to be up there again. It will be a bit of a scramble tomorrow and hopefully this time I will get it right."
Jones six under par round was matched by Scotland's David Huish who is in a quartet on seven under par 137. The North Berwick club professional has run
into a hot streak of form since signing up Tommy Horton's former caddie Roy Holland two weeks ago.
Huish, who won the Golden Charter Scottish Seniors Open last year, has had second and third place finishes in tournaments over the past week. He said: "It's worth two shots a round to have a regular experienced caddie with you. Otherwise it can be a bit of a lucky dip."
The PFA Championship for past and present soccer professionals played over the first two rounds was won by former Manchester United defender Colin Gibson who
totalled 76 Stableford points.36 Hole Scores