Tristen Strydom keeps putting himself in good positions on his European trip to the Challenge Tour, and, on Saturday, his third successive two-under-par 68 took him inside the top 10 heading into the final round of the Emporda Challenge in Spain.
At six-under-par after a round with five birdies and three bogeys, he was five strokes off the lead which was held by Sweden’s Jens Dantorp at 11-under. Dantorp carded a three-under 67 in the third round to lead by one from Liam Johnston of England. There were four players in a share of third on seven-under, and Strydom shared seventh with three other players.
Strydom made two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but he had a good patch with three birdies in five holes immediately after the turn. A bogey on 17 saw him slip slightly, but leaves him knowing that cutting down on errors in the final round could see him striking out for the lead and the win.
One stroke behind Strydom was Luke Jerling. The left-hander carded a third round of three-under 67 to move to five-under for the tournament and a share of 11th.
Jayden Schaper had a four-over 74 in the third round, leaving him at four-over for the tournamwnt and in 58th.