The defending champion, the Day 1 leader, and two local favorites are all tied at 8-under after 54 holes complete at the Volvo China Open in Shanghai.
Defending champion Alexander Levy , England’s David Howell, and China’s Ashun Wu and Hao-tong Li are all tied for first and two strokes ahead of the rest of the field after Saturday’s action.
Howell made the biggest move, firing his second 68 in three days to climb nine spots up the leader board. Wu notched a 69 to go with his Friday 66, making up for a sluggish 73 on Thursday.
Levy, ranked 60th in the world, had the worst round of the three, just a pedestrian 1-under 71, while Li shot a 69 to move up from fourth.
Levy started the day red hot with four straight birdies, but never found another one, and back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 brought him back to the pack.
Wu was just the opposite, rising into the first-place tie with birdies on 17 and 18.
Howell, who lost the yesterday with a miserable bogey, bogey, double bogey sequence on 14-16, struggled again with a bogey on 14, but hit pars the rest of the way.
Li had an early bogey, then four birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine. He hit nine straight pars on the back nine, after hitting seven straight on Friday.
Another four players, including Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, are tied for fifth at 6-under. One of those is Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson, who had the best round of the day, a 7-under 65 to rise 37 spots in the standings.
The US’ Peter Uihlein, in second place on Friday, bombed out with a 76 on Saturday to fall 12 spots in the standings down to 14th at 4-under.