Vancsik Trying to Atone for Last Weeks Loss

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European TourVILAMOURA, Portugal -- Last week, Daniel Vancsik carried a two-shot lead into the final round of the Madrid Open only to be done in by a quintuple-bogey at the fifth hole.
 
He's hoping for a better outcome this week.
 
Vancsik shot a 4-under 68 in the third round of the Portugal Masters on Saturday to take a 54-hole lead for the second week in a row. He was at 18-under 198, one shot ahead of Charl Schwartzel and Steve Webster.
 
The 30-year-old Argentine, who also held the 36-hole lead, had five birdies and a bogey Saturday at Victoria Club de Golfe.
 
'I like this course because I can hit my driver all the time, which gives me a lot of chances for birdie,' Vancsik said. 'For tomorrow I will try and stay patient and if my putter is working well, I will have a good chance to win.'
 
Schwartzel shot a 6-under 66 to climb up from a tie for sixth place overnight into a tie for second alongside Webster, who had a 67. They were tied at 17-under 199.
 
Robert Karlsson (65) and Ross Fisher (68) were another shot further back at 16-under 200, and there were 12 players overall within five shots of Vancsik's lead.
 
Vancsik claimed his first career European Tour win at the Madeira Islands Open in March after never finishing in the top 15 before that. He fell out of the lead Saturday with an even-par 36 on the front nine, but rebounded to make four inward birdies.
 
Like Vancsik, Schwartzel will also be chasing his second win of the season after claiming the Open de Espana in April. He holed out a 144-yard shot at the 17th for an eagle on Saturday, rebounding from a bogey at the previous hole.
 
'After the tee shot at the 17th it looked like I might make a six, so to come away with a three was huge, that was a big turning point,' said Schwartzel.
 
'There are a lot of birdies to be made out there and I feel like I'm playing well and rolling in a few putts, so if I can keep my composure, I'll have a chance. But there are a lot of guys out there in with a chance so I think it will be tight coming down the stretch.'
 
Some of them are playing for more than this tournament.
 
Justin Rose, currently third on the money list, is making a run at his first Order of Merit title. He shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday and moved into a tie for 18th place, where he was still within seven shots of the lead.
 
The players above him on the money list, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington, weren't in the field this week. Rose needs a first- or second-place finish to move to the top, but he's been struggling with back pain all week.
 
'I'm trying not to think about it,' he said Saturday, 'and I'm looking forward to the end of the year more than anything else.'
 
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