Ireland's Cormac Sharvin is nine shots off the lead ahead of the final round at the Oman Open.

The Downpatrick native is on two under after carding a third round 72 on Saturday in Muscat.

There is a six-way tie for the lead with overnight co-leader Rasmus Hojgaard joined by Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten, Mikko Korhonen, Callum Shinkwin and Sami Valimaki on 11 under par heading into Sunday's conclusion.


Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, who had shared the lead with Hojgaard at the start of the day, slipped back to a tie for 12th alongside Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts and Robert Rock on seven under after a 74, including bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes and a double bogey on the 18th.

Italy's Guido Migliozzi was a shot off the lead after a 68, one clear of England's Jordan Smith.

 Cormac Sharvin of Northern Ireland

Sharvin's level par round around the Al Mouj course saw him shoot two birdies but bogeys on the ninth and 12th holes kept him on two under overall.

Finnish duo Korhonen and Valimaki carded the best rounds on day three with a 65 and 64 respectively putting them right in contention for victory among the leading sextet.

Indeed, Valimaki's 64 was was the lowest round of the week so far.

England's Shinkwin also impressed with his 66 as he goes in search of a first professional victory, while Danish teenager Hojgaard ultimately made steady if unspectacular progress with a 70.

A double bogey and two other dropped shots meant his six birdies did not help him build on the advantage he had secured heading into round three.