Andy Sullivan will carry a five-shot lead into the ultimate spherical of the English Championship however vowed he could be making ready for a battle over the closing 18 holes.
The 33-year-old Englishman earned all of his three wins on the European Tour in 2015, serving to to safe a Ryder Cup place, and is taking nothing without any consideration as he chases down a long-awaited fourth title.
A glowing seven-under-par 64 on Saturday contained eagles at the primary and ninth holes, nudging Sullivan to 21 beneath by way of 54 holes.
Last yr’s Portugal Masters champion Steven Brown sat a distant second on 16 beneath at Hanbury Manor after a 66.
Sullivan mentioned he had “good enjoyable” in selecting off the eagles and birdies amongst a pair of dropped photographs.
He drove the inexperienced sumptuously at the par-four first, holing a brief putt for the primary of the 2 eagles.
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But with scoring having been low by way of the primary 54 holes – so low that these on 4 beneath by way of 36 holes missed the reduce – Sullivan expects somebody within the pack behind him to shoot an attention-grabbing closing spherical.
“I do not assume it is a golf course the place you may relaxation on your laurels,” Sullivan instructed the European Tour web site. “You’ve acquired to go after it a bit of bit and attempt to make birdies but in addition be wise.
“I did not actually realise I used to be 5 in entrance till developing the final.”
He added: “I can not management anybody that is going to return up behind me.
“This course does provide loads of birdies so I’m positive at some level somebody’s going to have a bit of run at me.
“All I can do is management what I can do and see the place we’re at the tip of it.”
Sullivan had led by one in a single day after a 62 on Friday vaulted him up the leaderboard, and just one participant went decrease than his Saturday rating, with Marcus Armitage bounding to a tie for 10th on the again of a 63 that moved him to 13 beneath general.
South Africans Dean Burmester and Brandon Stone sat alongside Spain’s Adrian Otaegui on 15 beneath, with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts amongst these one shot additional again.
Published 09 Aug 2020, 00:16 IST