|-ten E Pepperell (Eng); -9 D Burmester (SA); E Molinari (Ita); C Hill (Sco); R MacIntyre (Sco); In Maronk (Pol); G Migliozzi (Ita); -8 J Harding (SA); D Coupland (Eng); Mr Schwab (Aus)|
|Selection of others: -8 A Sullivan (Eng); -7 C Wood (Eng); R Bland (Eng); J Smith (ing); D Willett (ing); -6 A Johnston (Eng); -5 S Horsfield (English); -4 L Canter (Eng); Dr. Whitnell (English); Mr. Southgate (English); -3 J Morrison (English); R Ramsay (Sco); R Mansell (English); -2 R Fisher (Eng)|
England’s Eddie Pepperell will take a one-shot lead in Saturday’s final round of the British Masters at the Belfry.
His birdie on the 18th hole secured a second straight 68 and pushed him to the front of a crowded standings, with 26 players separated by five shots.
Pepperell, 30, won the tournament in 2018 but started the week in 210th place.
He said he was “confident” that he could regain victorious form.
“I remember the game was easier when I was playing better a few years ago, that’s what I’m trying to get back to,” he said.
“There were times there today that I didn’t get it and times that I did – it seems to be like that.”
Tournament favorite Robert MacIntyre of Scotland and held an advance overnight, and Calum Hill are in the nine-penny chase pack.
MacIntyre’s scarecrow on the 10 was the only shot lost of the day by the top-ranked player in the field, who said his “aggressive” style of play means the course is “perfect” for him.
The Italian Edoardo Molinari shot nine birdies on the 64 card and is in contention for a first victory since 2017.
England’s Andy Sullivan and Dave Coupland are in a four-on-eight squad, while host Danny Willett and former Ryder Cup teammate Chris Wood are another shooter along with Richard Bland.