Cape Town - England's Oliver Wilson birdied the
18th hole to earn a one-shot lead heading into the final
round of the Qatar Masters in Doha.
Starting the day one shot off the lead, the 38-year-old Wilson
birdied the second and fourth holes out of the gate before giving one of
those strokes back at the fifth.
Nine pars followed before he finished strongly with further gains at
the 15th and the closing hole to sign for a three-under-par 69 and
That was good enough for a one-stroke lead over Australian Nick
Cullen (68), Spain's Nacho Elvira (69), South African Erik van Rooyen
(70) and overnight leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France, who kept his
chances of a maiden European Tour title alive with a 71.
However, the top five are far from the only players still in with a shot at
victory with as many as 15 contenders lying within three shots
of Wilson's lead, including in-form American Kurt Kitayama - already a
two-time winner this season - Welshman Bradley Dredge, Justin Harding of
South Africa and Belgian Thomas Detry.
Wilson had to wait nine years for his first European Tour win at the
2014 Alfred Dunhill Championship and hasn't picked up another win since,
but he's put himself in a better position than anyone else in the field
to change that.