Australian Brody Ninyette will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Perth International after compatriot Brett Rumford just missed out on setting a new course record in Saturday’s third round at Lake Karrinyup.
Ninyette hit seven birdies to offset two bogeys for a five-under-par 67 and took his three-day total to eight-under par.
Rumford was on the verge of a new course record and drawing level with Ninyette but missed a three-foot putt on his final hole for his lone bogey of the day for a 65 and had to share second spot with Dane JB Hansen and South Korean Jin Jeong on seven under.
Five more players are in close attendance on six under, with English duo Richard Finch and Ross Fisher alongside Jason Scrivener, James Nitties and Fredrik Hed Andersson.
Finch needs a top-three finish to keep his Tour card, with Andersson needing to be in the top five.
Peter Lawrie and David Higgins need impressive fourth rounds to keep up their hopes of retaining their Tour cards after Lawrie shot a 72 to be one-under-par while Higgins is three-over-par following a 74.
Michael Hoey is best of the Irish competitors sitting just three off the lead on five-under-par after a third round 69.
Overnight leader Swede Peter Hedblom is battling to save his Tour card too and will have slept easily at the head of the queue on Friday, but a three-over 75 means he dropped to four under and into trouble, with his round saved from further trouble by birdies on the 14th and 17th.
“I've been playing well the last few days" - Brody Ninyette
Victory would mean a switch to the main European Tour for Ninyette – a break from playing on the Australasian Tour – and he is keen to make the most of his good position.
“It would be amazing. It would be a whole new experience, getting out there and playing over there would be unreal to see how the world’s best do it.
“I've only played these sort of tournaments in Australia,” he said.
“I've been playing well the last few days. It was good to hole a few putts and get myself into contention.
“It's obviously a very new experience, so I’ll try and get some sleep and see how we go tomorrow.”