England’s David Horsey will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Made in Denmark tournament after being pegged back by Australian Terry Pilkadaris on Saturday.
Horsey held a three-shot lead at the start of the day and stretched that advantage to seven shots after three birdies and an eagle in his first six holes.
But he fell away on the back nine on his way to a three-under-par 68, with Pilkadaris putting himself in contention with a 65.
English pair Chris Paisley and John Parry carded a 66 and 69 respectively to move to within four shots of Horsey at the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
One shot further back is Richard Green, with Welshman Bradley Dredge, Ireland’s Peter Lawrie and Paul Lawrie of Scotland close behind.
Horsey, who has had just one top-10 finish this year, is excited by the prospect of closing out a fourth European Tour win.
“I’m still in a great position tomorrow,” the 30-year-old told www.europeantour.com.
“I didn’t have a clue that I was seven clear. There aren’t that many leaderboards out there, and anyway I was just trying to focus on myself.
“You can’t win a tournament on a Saturday so I was just trying to play my own game and get as far ahead as I could. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
For Pilkadaris, it will be a case of picking up where he left off after shooting the round of the day.
“It was an enjoyable day - you can’t complain when you shoot 65,” he said.
“I saw on the sixth that David was 17 under and I knew I had to get going a bit. But anything can happen in golf; things can change very quickly. I’ve pegged it back and I’ll keep going tomorrow.”
Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke remains nine shots behind leader Horsey after firing a three-under-par 68 in Saturday’s third round.
The former Open champion from Dungannon carded an eagle to go with two birdies and a bogey to finish on six under for the tournament in Farso.
Belfast’s Michael Hoey (69) is two under.