Ballyclare's Gareth Maybin made seven birdies in a three under 69 to jump into a share of 20th heading into the final round of the 104th South African Open Championship.
After losing his card last year, the 34-year old needs a decent start to the season and he could get it at Glendower Golf Club after moving up 14 spots to three under par.
He's a massive 10 strokes behind leader Charl Schwartzel, who birdied his first four holes and fired a six under 66 to lead by five strokes on 13 under from Matt Fitzpatrick and David Drysdale.
“It was a bit of a mixed bag out there,” former Masters champion Schwartzel said after making eight birdies and two bogeys. “I’ve found something for my swing, and I hit some great iron shots and good tee shots.
"A few careless things too, like three-putting a few times. I’m not swinging it like I was two years ago when I won a couple of tournaments by 10 and 11 shots, but I’ll take this over what I had two months ago.”
Fitzpatrick shot 67, going out in 37 before racing home in 30 thanks to four birdies and an eagle three to share second with Drysdale, who shot 68.
Lee Slattery is fourth, six off the pace on seven under after a best of the day 65.