Since Justin Rose crashed at the Open matt Fitzpatrick produced an outstanding finish to his round to reclaim the lead.
Fitzpatrick was one over for the day after 12 holes found himself three shots behind Kurt Kitayama, however, the boss birdied four of their next five holes returned a 68 and ensure the overnight lead on 13 under par.
Kitayamas 65 made him the first clubhouse lead just ahead of the in-form Bob MacIntyre, that continued to impress in his rookie season as he carded a seven-birdie 64, however, celebrity draw Rose plummeted 48 places down the leaderboard following a 78 in which he failed to create just one birdie.
MacIntyre recorded the low round of the afternoon, while maintaining a bogey off his card to set the target that was early in 11 48, before posting birdies on the back nine, and his first second-best of his year, the Scot cruising to the turn at 33.
But a this season, the rookie, had his clubhouse lead removed while the pairing of Joachim B Hansen and Fitzpatrick were struggling to keep pace by Kitayama, who was also blemish-free within his attempt.
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Fitzpatrick headed by one overnight and enjoyed the perfect start when he birdied the first for the third day running, but his chances of a first win of the year were struck by a bogey in the moment and he missed chances to reunite underneath the card as he parred the next seven holes.
The 25-year-old, who has at least one European Tour success in each of the four seasons, even erred again at the 10th, but he got back on course at the 13th that meets his spirits with his second birdie of the round.
Well-crafted birdies around the par-five 15th and 17th sandwiched another at the challenging 16th, where he holed from 20 feet to draw level with Kitayama, and then he came close to his fifth birdie in six holes in the final after gouging a dazzling minute from the rough to the center of the green.
Fitzpatricks solid par closed out a valiant 68 and leaves him like the guy to grab heading into the final afternoon, although Hansen now looks too much back to contend after the Dane dropped three shots over the previous five holes as he stumbled into a 74 that dropped him into six under par.
Matt Wallace will seem to put early pressure on the leaders on Sunday after he chased a second-straight 67 to jump into 10 under alongside Bernd Wiesberger, who revived his hopes of a third win of this year – along with another Rolex Series name, after he reeled off four consecutive birdies from the 12th and added a second at 17 to coincide the 67 of Wallace.
Exotic favorite AndrewSteak Johnston birdied two of the previous three to five salvage a 70 and also remain in the hunt on eight under, together with Graeme McDowell one further adrift after he cancel four birdies with as many bogeys at a bothersome 71.
However an out-of-sorts Rose is going to have a far sooner tee time than he expected after the world No 5 made a string of errors, carding three bogeys in four holes on the front nine and blotting his card at 14, 15 and 18, falling out of three behind instantly into 13 strokes adrift of Fitzpatrick following a Saturday to forget.

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