World No. 3 Lee Westwood kept the chasing pack at bay to maintain a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Nordea Masters on Friday.
A day after carding a stunning 64, a round of 68 was good enough for Westwood to maintain the advantage he had enjoyed at the halfway stage at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club.
Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher, rather than Swede Peter Hanson, is now his nearest challenger, with Hanson a further shot adrift.
Westwood finished the day on 16 under par, with Fisher 13-under after a superb 65 and Ryder Cup teammate Hanson a further shot back after a battling 69.
Westwood and Hanson played together for the third day running, with the Swede doing well to remain in contention after running up a double-bogey six on the eighth to be out in 37.
Four birdies on the back nine saw Hanson home in 32 to finish 12-under, but Fisher was to partner Westwood yesterday after his flawless 65.
England’s Richard Bland is five shots off the lead in fourth after a 68, with Swedish duo Michael Jonzon and Alexander Noren sharing fifth another shot back.
Defending champion Noren looked out of contention after an opening 74, but has responded with consecutive rounds of 66.