GOTHENBURG – South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen once again found himself in contention for a maiden European Tour victory as he birdied five of his last six holes to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Scandinavian Invitation in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Saturday.
The South African was the European Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year last season with five top-10s and he has already matched that total this term, with two second-place finishes.
He arrived at Hills Golf & Sports Club fresh off a top five at the Czech Masters and a third round 64 in Gothenburg moved him to 13-under, one clear of Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, Australia's Wade Ormsby and China's Wu Ashun.
Overnight leader Fitzpatrick had looked in control for most of the day but dropped three shots in as many holes from the 14th before a closing eagle from off the green handed him a 69.
Ormsby had opened his week with a 62 but followed it with a 71 before registering a 65 on day three, while Wu was a picture of consistency in his 67.