Chattanooga, USA:Arjun Atwal continued to set the greens ablaze at Chattanooga Classic, turning in the day's best card of six-under 66 to grab a three-stroke lead after the penultimate round of the $500,000 Nationwide Tour event.
The Orlando-based golfer's 54-hole total of 24-under 192 is a tournament record and the most strokes under-par through three rounds on Tour this year.
He is three shots clear of second-placed American Webb Simpson, who shot a 70 in the third round.
The Indian, who is aiming to regain his PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish in the Nationwide money list, was in sensational touch for the third in a row and reeled off four birdies in the opening six holes to make the turn four-under.
A bogey on the 12th was the lone blot on his back nine which Atwal rounded off with three birdies between the 14th and 18th holes.
"Seventeen was a tough hole today," said Atwal, who hit 17 greens in regulation.
"Webb tried to hold his shot up in the wind. It caught the trap left. It's dead in there and he didn't get it up and down. I hit mine to 10 feet and made it and that was the turning point," he added.
Atwal closed his day with a tap-in birdie after a brilliant shot from the greenside bunker while Simpson two-putted for par from 50 feet.
Simpson stumbled to five bogeys yesterday compared to just one dropped stroke in the first 36 holes.