CASTELLON, Spain – English golfer Gary Boyd shot a 9-under 63 to equal the course record and earn the lead after the third round of the Castello Masters on Saturday.
At 14-under 199 and looking for his first win on the European Tour, Boyd will go into the final round at Club de Campo Del Mediterraneo two shots ahead of Italy’s Matteo Manassero (67) and Sweden’s Christian Nilsson (66).
Boyd, however, will also be looking over his shoulder at another Englishman and his roommate on the European Tour, John Parry.
Earlier in the round, Parry shot a 63 to set the new course record.
That lifted Parry to 9 under and, although he lies five shots behind Boyd in joint seventh place, the leader feels he could be a threat.
“There is a friendly rivalry between us, and John always seems to shoot lower than me at the weekends,” Boyd said.
“And I feel I have some catching up to do. John and two other friends from my English amateur days, David Horsey and James Morrison, have won out here this year in their first season on tour and I have not.”
Boyd broke clear of the field with an eagle at the 364-yard, par-four 14th hole, where he drove the green and sank a 30-foot putt.
The 17-year-old Manassero, who had only one bogey in his round, was looking forward to trying to become the youngest ever winner on the European Tour.
“I will try just to enjoy the fourth round,” he said. “And I will try to keep myself up at the top of the leaderboard.
“I know it’s not going to be easy but I do like the course. You have to drive the ball straight to avoid trees and the greens are perfect for converting birdie chances.”
After shooting six birdies early in his round, Peter Lawrie of Ireland, who won the Spanish Open in 2008, shared the lead with Boyd.
But two bogeys at the 14th and 17th holes left him signing for a 67, and at 10 under he will go into the final round four shots off the pace.