Aaron Cockerill heads into the final round of the ISPS Handa Championship with a one-shot lead after making a lightning-quick start on Saturday.
The Canadian began his third-round 64 with a hat-trick of birdies before making four more gains and a single bogey to reach 13 under par.
But if Cockerill is to secure his maiden DP World Tour title at PGM Ishioka Golf Club on Sunday, he will have to fight off a stellar chasing pack.
Australian Lucas Herbert and Scotland’s David Law were just a shot back on 12 under after posting rounds of 68 and 64 respectively on Moving Day.
Japanese duo Rikuya Hoshino and Takumi Kanaya shared fourth place with Scot Grant Forrest on 11 under, one stroke clear of Jazz Janewattananond and Rafa Cabrera Bello.
South Africa’s Deon Germishuys is on eight under (T13) after a third-round 70 that included three birdies and three bogies.
"This is the best I've hit the ball in a long time."@A_Cockerill is feeling good about his game heading into Sunday 💪#ISPSHandaChampionship pic.twitter.com/0iFaNdCach
— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour) April 22, 2023
– Edited report from DP World Tour website