England’s Paul Broadhurst, playing possibly his last event of the season, carded a brilliant 64 to storm into contention for a seventh European Tour victory in the Scandinavian Masters.
Broadhurst, who birdied three of the last four holes yesterday just to make the cut, carried on where he left off at an overcast Arlandastad on the outskirts of Stockholm today.
The 42-year-old was five over par with four holes of his second round remaining and looked certain to miss the halfway cut for the second event in succession.
However, the former Ryder Cup star birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to make the cut with a shot to spare, and produced an even better finish to his third round this morning.
Broadhurst, who won both his matches in the 1991 Ryder Cup and missed out on automatic qualification by just one place last year, birdied the third and fourth to go to the turn in 32 and picked up another shot on the 11th.
A bogey on the 12th halted his charge temporarily but he again tamed the tough closing stretch with birdies on the 14th, 15th, 17th and 18th – the latter from 30ft – to set the clubhouse target on four under-par.
It was a highly welcome boost for the midlander who explained: “My wife has to go into hospital for surgery next week so I’ll be out of action for about 12 weeks with four kids and a sick wife to take care of. That will be the priority.
“I might be able to play the British Masters at The Belfry because it’s local but it’s a good incentive to get some money in the bank before a long break.
“I was on my way home yesterday but birdied three of the last four holes and today I’ve birdied four of the last five. They are some of the toughest holes on the course so it’s a great finish.
“The scoring is so bunched that anyone who shot three or four under was going to go flying up the leaderboard but I didn’t dream of shooting six under par to be fair. I thought anything par or better would be a really good score and to shoot 64 means a few things went my way.”
Broadhurst was just one off the lead when he finished just as the leaders began their rounds, and was still just two behind Germany’s Martin Kaymer and South African James Kingston as the round drew to a close.
Nick Dougherty had enjoyed a share of the lead after his fourth birdie of the day on the 10th but then double bogeyed the 12th and dropped another shot at the next to lie two-under with four holes to play.