(Reuters) - Australia’s Lucas Herbert will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters after carding a seven-under-par 64 at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on Saturday.
Herbert’s score of 19-under in Vilamoura, his best after 54 holes on the European Tour, put him ahead of Englishman Tom Lewis, who struck his lowest European Tour round of 61.
Herbert had a one-shot lead after the first round and found himself in a three-way tie for first place after day two with England’s Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher, who had carded the first sub-60 round in European Tour history.
The Australian had five birdies to turn in 30 on Saturday and got two more — on the 11th and 15th — before a bogey on the par-three 16th and a birdie on the penultimate hole.
Pepperell signed for three-under and a share of third place with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, while Fisher was a further shot back in a group of three in fifth after a two-under 69.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who will represent Europe at next week’s Ryder Cup, returned a three-under for a share of 27th place in a group with eight other players on nine-under.
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris