Tournament host Sergio Garcia will take a slender lead into the final round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters as he seeks a sixth victory on home soil, with Shane Lowry six shots off the pace after carding a double bogey on the 18th for the second day in succession.
On the day that he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour, Garcia carded a third round of 68 to finish eight under par, a shot ahead of England's Daniel Brooks.
Brooks carded a superb 64 to end the day a shot in front of halfway leader Joost Luiten, who could only manage a 71, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Scotland's Scott Jamieson a shot further back on five under.
Lowry was left to curse a disastrous final hole that undermined what had been a good day at the office.
Six birdies and two bogeys had him four-under for his round but it unravelled on 18, as he gave up two shots and left him wiht a lot to do if he's to challenge tomorrow.
For Garcia though, things are looking good.
"I got off to a great start with a couple of birdies - almost three birdies in a row - and then unfortunately missed a couple of shots and made a couple of bogeys, but I stayed patient," Masters champion Garcia said.
"It would be an amazing achievement (to win) but it's still a long day to come. I can't get too much ahead of myself."
Brooks was threatening Bernhard Langer's course record of 62 when he raced to the turn in 30 and also birdied the 10th, 11th and 15th, but bogeyed two of the last three holes.
"It was good fun out there, I hit a lot of good shots," Brooks told Sky Sports. "I've been playing some great golf all week and I've made a lot of birdies.
"I had seven birdies each round the first two days and just let it slip a bit. As soon as you start missing a couple of shots, you hit a few trees and your head starts to go all over the place. Today was a lot calmer for me and kept it in play."
Paradig Harrington meanwhile is one-over for the tournament following a two-under 69.