Zimbabwean Scott Vincent carded a 69 in the third round of the Asian Tour’s International Series at the Slaley Hall Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, near Newcastle, England on Saturday.
Vincent, who started the day in a six-way tie for third position is one shot off the lead on seven-under-par 206.
Fresh from his third victory on the Japan Golf Tour last weekend, will go in search of a first Asian Tour title on Sunday.
It was a day for patience and the Zimbabwean showed plenty as he followed 10 straight pars with a trio of birdies from the 11th before a bogey at the last.
But late in the afternoon a couple of short putts refused to drop – including one at the last where he made his only bogey.
Vincent said: “Obviously that would’ve been nice to have finished a little better, but I hung in there.
“I didn’t feel like I had my best today. So I’m hoping that I’m going to wake up tomorrow and feel amazing and give it a good go.”
Vincent is in a three-way tie for second with Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Korean Kim Joo-Hyung and they trail the leader Australia’s Travis Smyth, who tops the leaderboard on eight under par.
Smyth, who signed for a five-under-par 66 on Saturday, is confident he can register a maiden Asian Tour success.
“I definitely think I can win,” said Smyth. “This is the best chance that I’ve had on the Asian Tour to win, so I cannot wait to get out there.”
Overnight leader Justin Harding from South Africa carded a 71 in the third round and is two off the lead.
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