Anders Hansen shot 6-under 66 Saturday at the Wentworth Club to more than double his overnight advantage of two. Hansen stands at 17-under-par 199, five shots clear of Carlos Rodiles (68). Eduardo Romero is a shot further removed after finishing eagle-eagle for a 71.
Colin Montgomerie, who led after the first round and was two back after round two, continued to battle back pains and could only muster and even-par 72. He is now eight back at 9-under.
Hansen is trying to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Oldcorn, who won last years event after leading by five through three rounds. Unlike Oldcorn, however, Hansen is vying for his first tour victory.
I havent won the tournament yet as far as I know, Hansen said. I believe we still have 18 holes to play so we can talk about that tomorrow. But I feel great. I didnt play too well at the start but my short game kept me together and I felt I was really coming back into it down the stretch. To shoot 66, obviously I am very pleased.
But tomorrow is another day. Obviously I am playing pretty solidly otherwise I wouldnt have the score that I have. But what is going to happen in the final round - who knows? I will just try to keep on doing what I have been doing and they then will have to shoot a pretty decent score to beat me.
The 31-year-old Dane will be impossible to catch if he can duplicate his performance Saturday. He posted seven birdies and dropped only one shot.
Rodiles, a 27-year-old Spaniard, is also in search of win No. 1. He put himself in an outside position to claim that maiden title by firing a flawless 32 on the back nine.
I feel okay but there is one more day to go, Rodiles said. A top five finish would be very good but I am aware that three days good work can be ruined in just one.
Full-field scores from the Volvo PGA Championship