Oliver Farr leads the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters by two strokes from Steve Uzzell at Montrose Golf Links ahead of the final round of the penultimate 888poker.com PGA EuroPro Tour event of the regular season.
The 25 year old shot a second-round 67 (-4) to lead on five under after 36 holes with Uzzell (Hornsea Golf Club) three under after rounds of 71 and 68 on the par-71 course.
Farr is currently 16th on the Order of Merit, one of the highest-ranked players yet to win an event this year. With just this tournament and one at Moor Allerton in two weeks remaining before the Tour Championship, the Worcester Golf & Country Club man knows a victory would put him in a commanding position to finish in the seasonâ€™s top five, and with it earn his 2014 Challenge Tour card.
â€œI have knocked on the door a couple of times but we will have to see how it goes tomorrow,â€ he said. â€œIf I control what I can do and play well then that is all I can do. EuroPro is all about winning.
â€œI have played really well over the last couple of days. We had some wind troubles on the first day but I dealt with that well, although I have to admit I got the lucky side of the draw.
â€œI played some really good golf today for my second round. I went a bit more aggressive today, hit lots of drivers and it left me in some good places to make birdies.
â€œI will try and approach it the same way I did today and try and be a bit more aggressive. This course can hurt you but you can make some birdies and at the end of the day you have to make birdies to win golf tournaments.â€
Daniel Gavins (De Vere Oulton Hall), James Ruebotham (Welwyn Garden City Golf Club) and James Maw (Abbeydale Golf Club) are tied for third on two under, three behind Farr.
A cut to the leading 50 players plus ties has now been made, with all golfers whose 36-hole score is six over par or better proceeding to play Thursdayâ€™s final round. When the cut is made only the 50 leading professionals are taken into consideration, and as one amateur has made the cut the golfers tied 51st on six over are effectively tied 50th for purposes of the cut and therefore will play the final round. Amateurs with a 36-hole score of six over or better will also play the final round.
Spectator entry to the course is free throughout the week and live scoring can be found at www.europrotour.com.
The final round will be filmed for a two-hour highlights programme to be broadcast four times on Sky Sports HD on Wednesday, September 25.