England's Jim Rhodes heads into the final round of the Tunisian Seniors Open at El Kantaoui with a great chance to win for the first time on the European Seniors Tour.
Rhodes, 55, from Cannock, registered his second successive 68 to share the second round lead with America's Bob Lendzion and now has an ideal opportunity to improve on the four second place finishes he has achieved over the last five seasons.
The Englishman, one of the Senior Tour's most consistent performers, came to the last hole standing at nine under par but then dropped his first shot of the week, three putting from a little over 30 feet.
"I have been threatening to three putts for 36 holes and unfortunately it happened just when I thought I was going to get into the clubhouse unscathed," he said.
"It was a disappointing way to finish but I can't complain too much because that's the only shot I have dropped over the first two rounds."
Lendzion, winner of the 1998 Beko Classic in Turkey, also came to the last standing at nine under the card but suffered the same fate as his English rival. His five on this treacherous 407 yard par four was his third dropped shot of the day but he also registered six birdies at the third, the fourth, the sixth, the 11th, the 15th and the 16th.
"I'm a bit annoyed that I dropped a shot at the last but I would have to admit I got more than my fair share earlier on," he said
"I'd love to win here because it would give me a great boost before going back to the US Qualifying School next week."
Rhodes and Lendzion go into the final round one shot ahead of Brazil's Priscillo Diniz, winner of this season's Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open, who carded a 70 for a seven under par aggregate of 137. Australia's David Good, who won his first European Seniors Tour title at the Legends in Golf tournament in Holland a few weeks ago, was one shot further back after a second successive 69.
Overnight leader, Denis Durnian, who needs to finish first or second here to move ahead of Australia's Ian Stanley at the top of the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit, dropped shots at both of his first two holes, finally recording a one over par 73 that dropped him into a share of fifth place alongside Australia's Noel Ratcliffe.
England’s David Snell shot the low round of the day and also achieved a major new milestone when he beat his age for the first time in competition.
Sixty eight year old Snell, from Worksop, romped round in five under par 67 and it was a performance that was all the more impressive because he recorded five birdies and did not drop a single shot.
“That’s the first time I have ever managed to do it and it couldn’t have come at a better time because this could well be my last appearance on this Tour,” he said.
“I was playing very nicely but I have got to admit I was very nervous over the last two or three holes. But it’s great to have done it at last.”
Snell goes into the final round on one over par 145 and three shots behind the leader in the race for the £500 Hardys Wines Super Seniors prize awarded to the leading competitor over the age of 60.
The leader in that particular contest is English former Ryder Cup player Brian Waites who added a second round 69 to his opening 73 and stands at two under par 142. He is one shot ahead for South Africa's John Fourie and England's Tommy Horton.
Fourie carded a four under par 68 in the second round and Horton added a level par 72 to his opening round of 71.