Three bogeys on the back nine and a 65 from Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris have made things way too interesting for David Horsey heading into Sunday at the Made in Denmark Challenge.
The Englishman, who led the tournament by as much as seven strokes at points on Saturday, now holds just a 1-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes.
Already 12-under par through two rounds, Horsey seemed primed to run away with the title on Sunday as he started the action with three birdies and an eagle on the first six holes to stand 5-under on the day and 17-under on the tournament.
But he couldn’t maintain that momentum, bogeying both No. 9 and No. 10 for a second straight day and finishing with a 3-under 68 to sit at 15-under.
Those three bogeys on the back nine were music to the ears of Pilkadaris, who birdied 12, 13, and 14 in succession. The Australian had just one bogey on the day to reach 14-under.
At 42 years old, Pilkadaris has been a pro since 1998, but has never won a European Tour title. He has five Top 10 finishes, none since 2009.
Only three other players are double digits below par, meaning it will be tough for two many others to catch the two leaders at this point.
England’s John Parry and Chris Paisley are tied for third at 11-under, with Paisley jumping up from eighth thanks to his Saturday 55.
Australian Richard Green is alone in fifth at 10-under. Those three are all just outside the Race to Dubai bubble, ranked between 71st and 86th in the field that only takes the Top 60.
A couple of Danes still hold out slim hope of making a final run: Mads Sogaard and Soren Kjeldsen. The pair are tied for seventh, 8-under and seven strokes off the lead.
Defending champion Marc Warren lost any hope he had of repeating when he shot his second 71 in three days on Saturday. Warren is tied for 35th at 4-under.