Aug 31 2013
Sweden's Peter Hedblom, who has earned just £30,000 on the European Tour this season, moved into contention for the £300,000 first prize in the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Saturday.
Hedblom made the halfway cut with two shots to spare at Celtic Manor after consecutive rounds of 72 left him two over par, but that was only seven shots off the lead as the players found scoring difficult at the former Ryder Cup venue.
And a third round of 66, marred only by a bogey on the 16th and three-putt par on the 18th, saw Hedblom set the clubhouse target on three under par.
The 43-year-old played just six times in 2011 before undergoing a shoulder operation in April and lost his card in 2012 after finishing 143rd on the Race to Dubai.
"It's been tough and maybe I came back too early," Hedblom said. "You think you won't mind missing a few cuts because you want to play, but it gets into your confidence and I never really had one good round to get some confidence back.
"I'd play six, nine or 12 holes well and then make three or four bogeys and finish one under. Today I had two three-putts in the last few holes and shot five under so it could have been even better.
"I'm not sure what the leaders will do but I don't think I will be more than five or six behind. I have not been very close the last couple of years so it's going to be a fun day tomorrow."
The surprise overnight leader had been Welshman Liam Bond, who is ranked 1,528th in the world and only got into the tournament at the last minute on Wednesday afternoon.
The 43-year-old started well with five straight pars but then bogeyed the sixth and seventh to drop back to three under, three behind American Peter Uihlein.
Uihlein, chasing his second victory of the season, had bogeyed the first but hit back with birdies at the next two holes before dropping another shot on the fifth.
However, the 24-year-old - who celebrated his birthday on Thursday - then holed from 10ft for an eagle on the par-five ninth and from much longer range for a birdie on the 10th to move to six under, two shots ahead of French duo Thomas Levet and Gregory Bourdy, England's Graeme Storm and Ireland's Damien McGrane.