Lee Westwood holds a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Made in Denmark after carding a five-under-par 67 on Saturday.
Team Europe’s Ryder Cup vice-captain tops the leaderboard despite a double-bogey six at the 18th, although his position at the summit is only secure due to Jonathan Thomson also taking half a dozen shots at the last.
Westwood will start his final round at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club on 16 under, one shot clear of Thomson (68), Thomas Detry(66) and Steven Brown, who earlier held the clubhouse lead thanks to a remarkable nine-under 63 featuring seven birdies and an eagle at the par-five 11th for the second successive day.
As vice-captain to Thomas Bjorn, Westwood may have been interested to keep tabs on the progress of the three men hoping to secure Europe’s eighth and final automatic qualification berth.
Thorbjorn Olesen is in the driving seat, needing a tie for seventh with one other player to be sure of his spot at Le Golf National later this month.
The Dane heads into Sunday in joint-30th after a five-under 67 while another Ryder Cup hopeful Matt Fitzpatrick, who needs a win to have any chance of usurping Olesen, is six shots off the lead in a tie for 13th after a third-round 66.
Eddie Pepperell was also in contention coming into this tournament but, also needing victory, is out of the running after a two-over 74 dropped him 13 shots back.