David Horsey’s penthouse at the top of the M2M Russian Open leader board just got a new resident on Saturday.
Scotland’s Peter Whiteford shot a 66 for the second time in three days to surge into a tie for first at 13-under with one day left at the Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club in Moscow.
Whiteford was white-hot on the front nine, with five birdies in his first six holes. He bogeyed No. 7, then bounced back with an eagle 3 on the 564-yard par-5 No. 8 to reach the turn at 6-under.
No. 8 has been Whiteford’s favorite place so far this week, he’s got two birdies and the eagle on the hole.
Meanwhile, Horsey shot a 2-under 70 as his score got worse for a second straight day after opening the tournament with a 65.
The biggest surprise of the day was Italy’s Andrea Pavan, who rocketed up the leader board 27 places to tie for third with a 64, the best round of the tournament so far.
Pavan was at 1-under heading into the round, then had two bursts of birdies on Saturday – four in the first seven holes of the front nine, then four straight between 13 and 16 on the back nine. Over the span of those last four holes in the first two days, Pavan had eight pars and zero birdies.
All those birdies still only got him into a third-place tie, four strokes off the pace. He’s joined there by Scotland’s Scott Jamieson, who shot a 69, and Germany’s Thomas Pieters, who shot a 72.
The 29-year-old Horsey is after his third European Tour title overall land his first since 2011.
Whiteford, who turns 34 next week, is after his first European Tour title.