Shane Lowry shot a flawless round of 65 to claim a share of the lead after round three of the Turkish Open.
The 30-year-old Offaly man started the day six shots off leader Nicolas Colsaerts but six birdies, three on the front and three on the back nine, saw him top the leaderboard with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 14 under in Antalya.
Belgian Colsaerts, however, couldn’t find anything similar to the form he showed on Friday and dropped four shots between the 11th and 15th holes, eventually posting a round of two over par.
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"This course is quite difficult if you don’t hit it straight," the Clara native, who posted opening rounds of 68 and 66, said afterwards.
"When I got myself out of position I had a few nice up-and-downs, my chipping was nice today and I took my chances when I got them.
"I managed to drive it lovely for the last 12 holes and it was nice out there, I enjoyed it."
Lowry is a three-time winner on the European Tour, with his last tournament victory coming at the 2015 Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
Asked if these previous experiences would help tomorrow, he replied: "I don’t know to be honest.
"It’s been a while since I won so I can’t really remember back that far but...when I’m out there hopefully something comes flooding back to me and I manage to get the job done.
"It would mean a lot. I’m going to have a nice evening this evening. I’m going to get up and do the same thing I’ve been doing every day and go out there tomorrow and play as best I can.
"If it happens it happens; if it doesn’t, that’s it, that’s golf."
Padraig Harrington is also very much in contention after he signed for a 64.
The Dubliner picked up five shots on the way out and his only blemish was a six on the 15th, that dropped shot itself cancelled out on the second last.
He had earlier birdied 12 and 13 to claim a share of third place on seven under par.
"Yesterday’s round was a mixed bag," he said.
"Today was just solid all around but I holed a few good putts.
"I’d love to be in contention with nine holes to go. I love that position.
"If I mess it up so be it, I’ll embrace whatever happens and I think, through experience, I can read the situation well so I’m in good stead coming down the last nine.
"But it doesn’t mean that I’ll be nervous. I’ll be fearful, but maybe that would play into my hands."
Wicklow’s Paul Dunne, recent winner of the British Masters, carded a 67, a round that included four birdies and no bogeys.
The 24-year-old is tied for 13th on nine under par.