Daan Huizing will take a six shot lead into the final round of the Northern Ireland Open Challenge on Sunday presented by Clannah and XJET after a flawless third round of five under par 66 saw him soar clear of the field at the Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
The flying Dutchman has not made a bogey at Galgorm since the first hole of his second round on Friday morning and such consistency, coupled with five third round birdies, has put the 22 year in a brilliant position to claim a maiden Challenge Tour title.
Huizing will begin the final day six clear of Sweden’s Jens Dantorp, Englishman James Heath and Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer, who posted respective scores of 69, 65 and 68 to move into a share of second spot on ten under.
Former Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson posted his own 68 to move to nine under, but Daan is most certainly the man to catch at the 170,000 euro event.
“It took me a few holes to relax into the round today but once I did that I managed to play really well and take a few chances,” said Huizing, who has produced four top five Challenge Tour finishes in just six appearances this season.
Huizing revelled in the fantastic atmosphere at Galgorm Castle, with 6,072 people coming through the gates.
“The crowds here are so knowledgeable and it makes a really big difference when you are playing in front of a British crowd,” said Huizing.
Unfortunately the home galleries could not inspire the home players to make a third round move at Galgorm, with Jonathan Caldwell the leading Irishman on five under par.
Those who do make it through the gates for Sunday’s final round could just be witnessing the birth a star, as Huizing looks to close out his first Challenge Tour win. and take a huge step towards promotion to The European Tour.