Peter Whiteford shares Russian Open lead with David Horsey

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Scotland's Peter Whiteford and England's David Horsey head into the final round of the Russian Open tied at the top of the leaderboard.

Whiteford shot an impressive six under par 66 to join Horsey on 13 under par overall - four shots clear of the rest of the field.

Impressive third round

Horsey had led after the opening two round but could only manage a two under par 70 on Saturday, meaning Whiteford draw level with him. 

Whiteford's 66 was the second best round of the day at the sunny but breezy Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club in suburban Moscow.

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The Scot got off to a flying start by birdieing five of the first six holes as he quickly clawed back Horsey's lead. Whiteford is looking to win his first European Tour title in his 181st event and the 33-year-old is in a great position to do so.

Lack of confidence

Whiteford admits that he's had a bitterly disappointing season and despite an impressive round on Saturday, isn't feeling confident for the final day.

“It hasn't been the best season this year. It's been pretty brutal really," he said.

"I'm not confident at all but that front nine today helps massively and I'm glad Dave and I have put a bit of breathing space between us and the next guys. It might be a bit like match play on the front nine tomorrow."

18th hole save

Horsey managed five birdies during his round but also dropped three shots. Things could have been worse for him but he managed to hole out from a bunker to save par on the 18th.

Horsey admits that he was distracted by the great start Whiteford made and was just trying to concentrate on his own game and will be looking to improve tomorrow.

"Pete (Whiteford) started like a train and I was just trying to tell myself to concentrate on my own game. I just kept reminding myself to stay patient and concentrate on my own game, not what Pete was doing," Horsey said.

"I didn't quite maintain it that well on the back nine, but I kept myself in there and hopefully it'll be a little better tomorrow."

Third title chance

In contrast to Whiteford, Horsey is one of three players in the field who are ranked inside the world's top 200 and is hoping to seal his third win, but his first since 2011.

Three players are four shots adrift of the leading duo are will be hoping to take advantage of any mistakes Whiteford and Horsey make. 

The chasing pack

Scotland's Scott Jamieson shot a three under par 69 to leave himself on nine under par for the tournament. Andrea Pavan shot the best round of the day as the Italian managed an impressive eight under par for his third round. Pavan's round included eight birdies, including four in a row, and set a new course record, beating Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey's round from last year when he went on to win it.

Meanwhile Belgium's Thomas Pieters, who could only managed a level par, also has a share of third.

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