Niall Kearney shot up the leaderboard at the Gran Canaria Open, with a superb six-under par 64 leaving him six shots off the lead ahead of Sunday's final round.

The Dubliner had seven birdies on his card, with a bogey on nine being the only blemish. Standing at 12 under alongside six other players, Kearney is in line for a good pay day if he again can hit 64 or lower on Sunday.

Leading the field is Garrick Higgo of South Africa on 18 under after carding a 63.

Jonathan Caldwell stands at 10 under after a 67 on a day where low scoring was the norm at Meloneras Golf.


Higgo will be the man to catch on Sunday after the South African made three birdies and an eagle in his opening four holes to fly up the leaderboard and picked up another shot on the 10th before giving it straight back

Further birdies on the 14th and 18th then left him two shots clear of Scotland's Connor Syme who followed up the lowest round of his professional career by matching the second best as he put himself in a strong position on 16 under with a 62.

He is tied for second with Matthias Schwab and Matthieu Pavon after they scored a 66 and 64 respectively.