Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are nine shots behind Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult heading into the final round of the HNA Open de France.
Lowry shot a four-under 67 and Dunne a level par 71 to leave them tied for 11th on one-under at Le Golf National
Kinhult (21) carded a 67 to lead by two shots from Chris Wood, who also shot 67, on 10-under.
The pair will have three of the world’s top players – Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm - chasing them on Sunday, with former Masters winner Garcia surging into contention thanks to a masterful 64.
The Spaniard, who is making his debut on this year's Ryder Cup course, posted eight birdies before finding water from the tee at the 18th to finish with a bogey, leaving him in third place on seven-under par.
He will be joined in the penultimate group by world No 5 Rahm, who followed a birdie on the 17th by holing a 35ft birdie putt on the last hole for a round of 68 to lie four shots back on six under par.
World No 2 Thomas also found the lake with his drive on the 18th but scrambled a par to post a round of 69, the same as his fellow American Julian Suri, who joins him in a share of fifth place on five under par.
Kinhult, Suri and Spain's Adrian Otaegui, who is tied for seventh on three-under, lead the race for three spots in The Open.
Graeme McDowell is tied 30th on two-over after a 70
Hoey tied third in Denmark
Challenge Tour — Micahel Hoey is five shots behind Denmark's Joachim B. Hansen heading into the final round of the Made in Denmark Challenge at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
Hoey made eight birdies in a four-under 67 to move up to tied third on nine-under-par as Hansen fired a 63 to lead by three strokes from Finland's Kalle Samooja on 14-under.
Ballymena's Dermot McElroy is tied for 35th on one-under after a 73 with Clandeboye's Jonny Calwell 58th on two-over after a 72
Power slips back in Quicken Loans
Two late bogeys saw Seamus Power sign for a two-over 72 to slip to tied 43rd at the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac in Maryland.
The West Waterford man had little luck on the greens until he holed a 16 footer at the 13th to get back to level for the day before late bogeys at the 16th and 17th left him on two-under-par and 11 shots behind leader Francesco Molinari and Abraham Ancer.
Ancer had just 25 putts in an eight-under 62 as Molinari shot 65 to leave them two clear of Zac Blair and Ryan Armour on 13-under.
Tiger Woods went out in 32 to get within striking distance of the leaders on eight-under but played the back nine in one-over, finishing with a bogey for a 68 that leaves him tied for 10th, six off the pace.