David Jones put an indifferent season behind him after a five under 66 took him to three under par and into a share of the lead with American John Grace going into the final round of the Ordina Legends in Golf event at Crayestein GC, Holland.
The Ulsterman, who claimed his maiden title last year, has only played four events since June after a poor start to the year. But after finishing third last week in Scotland, the enthusiasm has returned and Jones is right back in contention.
His round of 66 included six birdies, the highlight coming on the long 456-yards16th when he fired a five iron to five feet.
"I played very well and holed the putts," said Jones. "That was the difference. It's got me in contention for the last day. That's where you want to be. I need to be more aggressive with my putts and take what comes my way."
Grace, winner of The Belfry PGA Seniors Championship a fortnight ago, was a member of the great 1975 Walker Cup side where he played alongside the likes of Curtis Strange, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, and Jay Haas at St Andrews. Grace moved to four under with a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th but dropped a shot on the last when he finished in a bunker behind the green.
"I've had a good streak since the Senior British Open in July with a number of top tens and then winning at The Belfry," said Grace. "I'm playing very well and this course is tight which suits my game. I'm not particularly long but keep it straight."
Meanwhile, with two of his former clubs battling it out in the Premiership, the former Newcastle and Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit was enjoying himself on the golf course in Holland by winning the celebrity tournament played alongside the professionals. Gullit, who plays off a handicap of 12, scored 37 points.