Paul McGinley has a sporting chance of snatching his first win for almost four years in the rain-delayed Celtic Manor Wales Open.

Less than a week after parting company with long-time caddie Darren Reynolds, the 42 year old Dubliner carded a level par 71 to trail leaders Nick Dougherty, Ignacio Garrido and unheralded Dane Jeppe Huldahl by two strokes on three under par. Overnight leader Richie Ramsay was four-under par with two holes to play when play was suspended at 9.15 local time due to fading light.

However, the final round looks as though it will be a cavalry charge with 32 players within five shots of the lead. And that's bad news for world No 180 McGinley, who has not won a tournament since he leapt to 18th in the world following his 2005 Volvo Masters victory at Valderrama.

The three-time Ryder Cup winner hasn't even come close and he's had just one top-10 finish this year.

That came in April's Volvo China Open, where he finished tied for eighth. But after 12 starts in 2009, including one in the US,  he's missed five cuts and failed to finish better than 31st in the other six.

A lowly 133rd in the Race to Dubai standings, he will make his first appearance in a major championship since the 2007 US PGA when he tees is up in the Open at Turnberry as a result of finishing inside the top 30 money winners on last season's European Tour money list.

Peter Lawrie is on two over par and Clandeboye's Jonny Caldwell on five over after matching 74s.