Ewen Ferguson will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the 2022 Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa as he looks for a first win on the DP World Tour.
The Scot entered day three at Muthaiga Golf Club a shot off the lead but ended it with a commanding advantage as a 66 moved him to 14 under.
Marcus Kinhult and China’s Wu Ashun were his nearest challengers, with Spanish duo Jorge Campillo and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, England’s David Horsey and German Matti Schmid five shots off the lead.
Ferguson enjoyed a stellar amateur career, winning the Boys Amateur Championship, the Scottish Boys and the Scottish Boys Stroke Play, while also helping Scotland win the European Team Championship and Great Britain & Ireland win the Walker Cup.
He made 31 appearances on the DP World Tour between 2016 and 2021 but has full playing privileges for the first time this season after finishing eighth on last season’s Road to Mallorca on the European Challenge Tour.
After a top 40 finish in his Rolex Series debut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he saw his season interrupted by testing positive for Covid but he has shown few signs of any ill effects in Nairobi, with rounds of 66-67-66 putting him in pole position to be the third first-time Scottish winner in seven months on the DP World Tour.
Ferguson birdied the first from 12 feet to join Shubhankar Sharma at the top of the leaderboard and then put a brilliant second to ten feet at the par-five fourth to set up an eagle and lead by two.
His lead was cut to one at the turn thanks to a dropped shot at the sixth but he re-established his cushion with a two-putt birdie on the par-five tenth.
The final group of Sharma and Masahiro Kawamura could not find any momentum and when Ferguson holed a 20-footer on the 14th, he was five shots clear of anyone else still on course.
Kinhult had set the clubhouse target at ten under after a 64 which matched the lowest round of his DP World Tour career and the lowest of the week.
He won on the Nordic Golf League last week for a first victory since he missed three months of the 2021 season after being diagnosed with epilepsy and he has brought that form to Nairobi.
The 25-year-old had a birdie-eagle finish to go with six other gains