Jamie Donaldson has placed himself in prime position to break a European Tour title drought that stretches 254 tournaments, with the Welshman one stroke clear at the 54-hole mark of the Irish Open in County Antrim.
A three-under round of 69 moved Donaldson to a total of 12 under. The question the 36-year-old faces now is whether he can maintain this form under the pressure of leading into the final day.
Donaldson began the round with a bogey-five, but immediately erased the error with a superb eagle-three at the next hole to kick-start a solid performance.
Anthony Wall - who has not scored a victory in 364 starts - lies in outright second place at ten under following an excellent five-under 67.
The biggest threat to the title aspirations of both Donaldson and Wall appears to be local hope Padraig Harrington, who is currently equal third at ten under alongside Mark Foster.
Harrington notched an even-par 72, but his two previous rounds of 67 proved he is capable of shooting low at the Royal Portrush Golf Club course.
Matthew Zions is the highest-ranked Australian in a share of 11th at six under the card. Zions was again unable to match his blistering 66 on day one as he compiled a one-over 73.