With four players tied for the lead – two men and two women, the 2021 Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika is set for a spectacular finale at Vallda Golf and Country Club.
Overnight leader Caroline Hedwall posted a 73 to settle on 12 under alongside Alice Hewson, who birdied three of her last four holes to sign for a 69.
The Ladies European Tour duo joined Welshman Rhys Enoch and Australian Jason Scrivener atop the board in Sweden, after the pair capitalized on an early start amid slightly calmer conditions to post matching 66s.
Hedwall, the home favorite, got off to a poor start with back-to-back bogeys, but the Swede settled down to extend her lead to two shots, but a double bogey on the 17th dropped her back to the 12-under pack and left the tournament wide open.
“I didn’t feel any pressure,” said Hedwall. “It is tough conditions and anything can happen.
“I think I handled it really well and I had a bad start but fought back and I’m really proud of myself for keeping on fighting.
“I’m quite happy, 73 is not a bad score in these conditions, but with the finish that I had I’m not that happy right now.
“It feels good to still be up there and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Like Hedwall, Hewson will also have the chance to make history and become the European Tour’s first female winner. Afterwards, the Englishwoman admitted she’ll be a bit nervous.
“It was a lot of fun out there!” said Hewson.
“It was really, really tough – it has been windy all day and I got off to a bit of a slow start, so I’m really happy.
“I think tomorrow I will probably be a bit nervous especially on the first tee.
“We will try to stay relaxed and just one shot at a time and whatever happens happens.”
Scrivener, meanwhile, will also be looking to claim his first European Tour victory.
“I love the golf course and I’m starting to get a handle on it, so another good opportunity to win a golf tournament,” said Scrivener.
“It’s been great. It has been really cool to compete against the girls and hopefully the guys can come out on top.”
Enoch, who is also looking to become a first-time tour winner, hopes momentum will carry him into Sunday.
“I think more of the same tomorrow, I learnt a bit today about how I have been playing and I try a bit too hard sometimes,” he said.
“On days like this when you have to swing free, it just shows what’s there and I just need to go out there with the same attitude tomorrow.”
English pair Ashley Chesters (70) and James Morrison (68), Scotsman David Drysdale (70), Aussie Scott Hend (69) and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui (66) were just one back on 11-under par.
Northern Irishman Jonathan Caldwell also shared the lead but dropped three shots on his final six holes to post 70 and fall back to T10 on 9 under, alongside Dane Joachim B. Hansen (71), Finn Sanna Nuutinen (70) and England’s Oliver Wilson (70).
2021 Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika
Round-3 Leaderboard: Top-10
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Rhys Enoch -12 (-6)
1. Jason Scrivener -12 (-6)
1. Alice Hewson -12 (-3)
1. Caroline Hedwall -12 (+1)
5. Ashley Chesters -11 (-2)
5. David Drysdale -11 (-2)
5. Scott Hend -11 (-3)
5. James Morrison -11 (-4)
5. Adrian Otaegui -11 (-6)
10. Sanna Nuutinen -9 (-2)
10. Jonathan Caldwell -9 (-2)
10. Oliver Wilson -9 (-2)
10. Joachim B. Hansen -9 (-1)
Material from the European Tour Communications was used to compile this report.