Ewen Ferguson put himself in pole position for a second DP World Tour victory of the season after a round of 68 on day three of the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
Winner of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in March, Ferguson again showed the battling qualities which had served him on day two where his level par round at the Massereene Golf Club followed a course record nine-under-par 61 on day one at Galgorm Castle.
Italian amateur Filippo Celli emerged from the pack to challenge Ferguson as an eagle on the 4th saw him claim the lead on 11 under before a double-bogey on 9 saw him drop back to four off the lead.
Ferguson went further ahead on 10 with a birdie but bogeys on 14 and 15 trimmed his advantage before a birdie on the last saw him sign for a 68 and a lead of three going into the final day.
American John Catlin had a round of 66 to move up to second, with a four-way tie for third on seven under involving Spaniard Borja Virto, Denmark’s Marcus Helligkilde, Scotland’s Connor Syme and England’s Jack Senior.
South Africans Thomas Aiken and Wilco Nienaber are both on one under (T21) after carding third-round scores of 69 and 71 respectively.
– Edited DP World Tour website report