Thorbjorn Olesen has a maiden win on the European Tour in his sights following a 67 on Saturday which sees the Danish youngster lead the Sicilian Open by three shots.
Olesen picked up six shots in his final 12 holes to shoot a round of 67 and reach 12-under par, with his eagle at the par-five 14th the pivotal moment of his impressive round at the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort.
Canada's Andrew Parr and Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium are Olesen's nearest challengers on nine-under par while Ireland's Peter Lawrie, who carded a 72 for the second successive day, is a further shot back, as are another Belgian Soren Kjeldsen and Scotland's Lloyd Saltman.
"I struggled a little bit on the front nine, but managed to hang in there and was pleased to pick up two shots after making a bogey on the sixth hole," Olesen said.
"That got me going a little bit and I was able to make a few more chances on the back nine.
"I know that I'm going to have to play very well tomorrow, because there are a lot of great players up there and you can't win on the European Tour by playing average golf.
"My confidence is very high at the moment because of the way I'm playing, and hopefully I can finish the job off. With a bit of luck, the wind will be a little calmer tomorrow. Either way, my short game is going to have to very good."