Bernard Gallacher will make his bid for a debut victory on the European Seniors Tour when he goes into the final round of the Greek Seniors Open just one stroke behind two-round leader Antonio Garrido at Glyfada Golf Club.
Gallacher, in his rookie season after turning 50 in February, shot a level par 72 for 141 in tough, windy conditions to hold the clubhouse lead for most of the day. However Garrido produced a one under par 71 to ad to his opening 69 to move ahead on 140, four under par.
Gallacher, who started at the 10th, played the easier back nine in 33 with four birdies and one bogey and did well to hang on over the front side for his par 72. In the circumstances, it was a solid, all-round performance by the former Ryder Cup captain, who said: “I have to be pleased with that.”
Garrido admitted to having a slight advantage over his principal rival. He played the Glyfada course 20 years ago for Spain in the World Cup of golf. He said: “It was a long time ago, but I can still remember the course.”
Three players are also ready to pounce on 142 – American Alan Tapie (73), first round leader Geoff Parslow of Australia (74) and Englishman Barry Sandry (70).
Brian Huggett looked poised to make a strong challenge when he was four under with two holes remaining, but he dropped three strokes to shot a 72 to join Norman Wood of Scotland and Italian Alberto Croce on 143.