Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey opened up a five-shot lead ahead of the final round at the M2M Russian Open at Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club near Moscow.
Hoey carded six birdies and an eagle, with a bogey on the 11th the only blot on his round, to move to 14-under-par and open up a gap to England’s Matthew Nixon and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg in joint second place.
South Africa’s James Kingston and France’s Alexandre Kaleka were a further stroke back on eight-under while JB Hansen, Mikko Korhonen and James Morrison were in a three-way tie for sixth place on seven-under-par.
Hoey, who has four European Tour victories to his name, the last coming in the Trophee Hassan II in 2012, moved to the top of the leaderboard thanks to a seven-under-par round today which saw him go out in 31.
The 34-year-old has not finished better than 25th on European Tour so far this season and missed seven of his last 10 cuts coming into the event.
However, his opening two rounds of 70 and 67 have put him firmly in contention, with today’s 65 leaving him comfortably out in front ahead of the final day.