Cameron Percy has put himself in contention for a ground-breaking win at the Puerto Rico Open in his 163rd start on the US PGA Tour.
The 46-year-old Victorian, who is yet to win on a main tour, sits just one shot off the lead after a five-under-par 67 third round which included a double-bogey and a bogey.
Grayson Murray fired a 65 to vault into a share of the lead with Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos (67) at 14-under 202.
Percy is tied third with South Africa’s Branden Grace (68) while second-round leader Brandon Wu (71) is a shot further back alongside Andrew Putnam (67) and Nelson Ledesma (68).
Percy’s fellow Australian Greg Chalmers started the day a shot off the pace and played in the final group but a four-over 76 resulted in him plunging to a share of 22nd.
Chalmers, 47, picked up an early birdie at the fourth before two bogeys and a triple-bogey seven on the 12th at the Grand Reserve Country Club left him eight shots adrift of the lead.
Like many others, local favourite Campos had to wait out a series of rain delays and shot his 67 in trying conditions.
“I know there’s a lot of things that can basically change my life tomorrow,” the 32-year-old from San Juan said.
“But truth is, I’m just really happy. I have been playing good golf the last two weeks, and I really want to keep that mindset of the work I have been putting in the last four months. I’m starting to see good results.”
Play was delayed three times for about an hour total in the afternoon because of short, heavy downpours.
With expected heavy rain overnight and into the morning, the final round will feature threesomes off split tees.
The tournament is being played opposite the World Golf Championship event in Florida.
The winner will get into the PGA Championship in May but not the Masters in April.