Garrick Higgo chased a Friday 63 with a Saturday 64 and will enter the finale of the 2021 Canary Islands Championship holding a two-shot lead.
The South African, who entered the Canary Swing off a top 5 in Austria and then proceeded to win the opening leg at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, moved to 20 under following a round highlighted by a pair of eagles and four straight closing birdies.
“I haven’t been playing well up until Austria, really,” said Higgo, who also posted a top 10 last week at the Tenerife Open.
“But I’ve been working hard so when it’s going your way you just need to enjoy it.
“I was just trying to stay patient because I’m hitting good putts and I’m hitting the ball a lot better than I have the last couple of weeks. I’ve been giving myself a lot more chances so it’s hard to stay patient when you’ve got a lot of putts.”
With a 64 of his own, England’s Richard Mansell was alone in second on 18 under par, one ahead of Scotland’s Calum Hill who posted 66.
The day’s low round went to Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen who matched the course record with a 61 to sit alongside Aussie Maverick Antcliff (64) and Englishman Andrew Johnston (67) at 15 under, five off the lead.
Pulkkanen finished bogey-free with 10 birdies as he equaled Scott Jamieson‘s record set last week.
Dane Nicolai Hojgaard (65) was then 14 under alongside Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist (67), a shot clear of a nine-player jogjam at -13, including overnight leader Adri Arnaus (72) and day-one leader Francesco Laporta (70).
2021 Canary Islands Championship
Top-5 Leaders: Round 3
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 3)
1. Garrick Higgo -20 (-7)
2. Richard Mansell -18 (-7)
3. Calum Hill -17 (-5)
4. Tapio Pulkkanen -15 (-10)
4. Maverick Antcliff -15 (-7)
3. Andrew Johnston -15 (-4)
Material from the European Tour Communications was used to compile this report.