America's Jerry Bruner moved one step closer to winning his first European Seniors Tour title when he added a three under par 68 to his opening 66 to take a one shot lead into the final round of the Legends in Golf tournament at Crayestein GC in Holland.
Bruner, 54, from Los Angeles, California, who has seven second place finishes to his name in two and a half seasons of the Seniors circuit, goes into the final round one shot ahead of Australia's David Good who reeled off seven birdies in a best-of-the-day 66 that took him to seven under par 134.
America's Jay Horton and Jamaica's Delroy Cambridge added second round 67s to their opening 69s to share third place alongside England's David Creamer on six under par 136, with America's T.R. Jones one shot further behind after a 69.
Bruner has a reputation for being one of the European's Senior Tour's most consistent strikers and he lived up to that name by peppering the pin for most of his round. He started with a bogey on the 303 yard first hole after finding his drive lodged under the lip of one of the greenside bunkers but then recovered with birdies at the eighth, 10th, 13th and 14th holes. That took him to eight under par and he might well have been even better had he not missed two other straightforward birdie chances at the fourth and the 18th holes.
"It wasn't the sort of start that I wanted but I just hung in there and waited for something to fall," said the diminutive American who is known as Mighty Mouse because of the distance he hits the golf ball.
"I can't remember the last time that I hit so many iron shots close to the pin. If I can do the same tomorrow I see no reason why I can't record my maiden win."
Good, 53, from Mornington, Victoria, whose wife, Annie, carries his bag, has been a revelation since undergoing an operation to clear a valve in his heart over the winter months.
The Australian is also seeking his first European Seniors Tour victory but he has become one of the Tour's most consistent performer having recorded a second place finish at the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open in Switzerland and two ties for fourth place in the Microlease Jersey Seniors Masters and the Palmerston Trophy in Berlin.
"I have been much more consistent since the operation and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I no longer feel as tired as I used to on the golf course," he said.
"I can't remember the last time I didn't finish in the top-20. I've been knocking on the door a lot and would like to think that it would open up for me sometime soon."
The Australian who uses a broomhandle putter went out in level par 36 but then bounded home in a five under par 30 that included birdies at the 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th.
"I think the longest putt I holed during that run was a 12-footer at the last," he said.
"On the 10th I holed from three feet. On the 13th I almost holed a bunker shot. On the 14th I made it from eight feet and on the 16th I hit a drive and a seven iron to little more than a foot. It was about as good as I can play."
Creamer started the second round in second place after an opening 67 left him one shot behind overnight leader Jerry Bruner. He birdied the first but then seemed to be drifting back into the pack when he bogeyed the second, fourth and fifth holes. However, he turned things round with a second birdie of the day on the 494 yard par-5 sixth hole and then moved back into a share of third place with further birdies at the 10th, 13th and 15th holes.
"It was a bit of a struggle out there for a while," the former English international table tennis player said after signing for his 69. "I could see it all starting to slip away but I kept my cool and managed to hold it all together. In the end I've got to be happy with a score in the 60s after starting the way I did."
Canada's Bill Hardwick goes into the final round with a three shot lead in the race for the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor in his 60s.
Hardwick returned a second successive one under par 70 to be three shots ahead of Ireland's Joe McDermott.