Robin Dawson is in line for the best finish of his professional career after he moved up to seventh place heading into the final round of the Euram Bank Open on the Challenge Tour.
The Waterford man hasn’t finished better than ninth – which came at the Laguna Phuket Challenge on the Mena Tour earlier this season – since turning pro but is primed to make an assault on the top of the leaderboard at GC Adamstal.
Despite posting two double-bogeys in his third round in Ramsau, Austria, Dawson added an eagle and five birdies around that, along with one more bogey, in a two-under 68 that moves him up to six-under-par for the week.
In a share of seventh, he is four shots off leader Freddy Schott, the German continuing his hot streak with a six-under 64 to pull three strokes clear of the chasing pack heading into the final round.
The 21-year-old had an eagle, five birdies and just one bogey in Saturday’s third round and ended his day with four birdies in his last six holes to open up a comfortable lead with 18 holes remaining.
“It was a good test today. The wind was strong and you had to guess which direction it was coming from,” said Schott.
“I have been working hard with my mental coach recently. He tries to keep my mind free of everything and we speak every evening.
“I had to stick in there during the middle part of my round and all of a sudden I started to hit some great approach shots and roll in some putts. It was great to get three consecutive birdies towards the end of my round.”
New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier fired the low round of the day, a seven-under 63, to hold a share of second place at seven-under-par with fellow Kiwi Josh Geary, Spanish duo Emilio Cuartero Blanco and Javier Sainz and Austria’s Martin Wiegele.
Further down the leaderboard, a tough four-hole stretch of two bogeys and a double led to a one-over 71 for Tom McKibbin, who fell back to 35th at one-under-par for the week, while Conor Purcell had four bogeys and a double on his back nine in a 75 that saw him drop to 49th at one-over.