Alan Tapie, a graduate of the Seniors Tour Qualifying School takes a one shot lead into the final round of the Elf Seniors Open at golf de chantaco in France after a second round of 66.
Tapie, who was in contention for the Open last time it was held at Carnoustie after a third round of 67, picked up six birdies in his bid for his maiden title.
While Americans dominate with Jerry Bruner a shot behind Tapie Britain's Tony Jacklin hopes to mark his birthday with a breakthrough win.
The former Open and US Open champion, a winning Ryder Cup Captain on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1980's, shot 66 to move two under par on 138.
Scotland's John McTear birdied the last two holes for a 68 and third spot of 132 with Australian Ian Stanley round in 66 for 133.
Jacklin, playing in his third European Seniors event of the year after failing to gain exemption for the conflicting US Seniors Championship, collected five birdies.
The man who captained Europe to Ryder Cup victories in Europe and America, turned 55 on Wednesday and seeks a good performance to take into the Open at Carnoustie next week.
But he admits: "I'm feeling the heat. When it gets into the 90's in the States they let us ride in buggies but here you walk."
Tapie, on the US Tour from 1975 to 1982, turned 50 in March and is a Tour rookie. Victory would lift him to the top of the money list past Tommy Horton, absent at the US Senior Open.
Stanley, winner of the 1975 Martini International in Britain in 1975 and 24 other worldwide titles, was home in 30 for his 66.
Defending champion Brian Waites, troubled by a chest infection, had to settle for 70 and 135.