Olesen is out on his own
Dane will take a seven-shot lead into final round in Turkey
Thorbjorn Olesen could afford to bogey the last and still extend his lead to seven shots after three rounds of the Turkish Airlines Open.
The Dane started the day leading by six and despite dropping two shots was still able to pull away from the rest of the chasing pack after carding a three-under round of 68 to leave him on 18-under.
Meanwhile, England’s David Horsey, China’s Li Haotong, American David Lipsky, Matteo Manassero of Italy and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger will all be hoping to shoot low today in order to try and put Olesen under pressure and deny him a fourth European Tour title. Also hoping they can capitalise on any mistakes from Olesen on the final day will be Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee who is on 10under alongside South Africa’s George Coetzee who continued his roller-coaster tournament carding a round of 66 to go with rounds of 64 and 73. “I felt a bit nervous when I went out because I’ve never been that many shots clear,” said Olesen. “I’ve never had a seven-shot lead so it’s a bit of a weird feeling but I know it won’t be easy. “There’s a bunch of guys there and it’s possible to shoot a really low one out here. “So I’ll stay aggressive and keep plugging away. “There’s still 18 holes left and I really have to stay concentrated out there and stay in my own little zone.
“This is the Final Series and it’s a massive event and obviously it would be great to win it.”
Despite his sizeable advantage there could yet be some nervy moments for Olesen who came into the tournament at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort having made just three of his last 12 cuts.
The 26-year-old did see his lead reduced to four at one point during the third round but three consecutive birdies from the 14th saw him move away from the rest of the field. There was a bogey on the 18th but that did not prevent Olesen from securing the largest 54-hole lead of the season so far.