Playing flawless golf, SSP Chowrasia brought in a six-under 66 to go up from tied 44th to tied eighth at the end of the third round of the 71st Italian Open here.
Chowrasia, who won two co-sanctioned titles on European and Asian Tours, moved to nine-under 207 for 54 holes.
Shiv Kapur (68) also moved to tied 33rd at six-under 210.
Chowrasia had three birdies on either side of the course and no bogeys. So far he has had 14 birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.
Meanwhile, Hennie Otto of South Africa pulled two strokes ahead after three rounds. Otto posted a one under 71 to move to 16-under and into a two-shot lead over Scotland's Richie Ramsay in second spot.
Stephen Gallacher needs to win or finish second (alongside no more than one other player) to take the last of available spots on Paul McGinley's European Ryder Cup team and he is just four shots behind Ramsay with 18 holes of the qualification campaign to go before McGinley completes his 12-man team with three captains picks next Tuesday.
Gallacher hit a three-under 69 to move to ten-under and will have to get past Bernd Wiesberger (-13), Ross Fisher and Lee Slattery (both-11) if he is to turn his Ryder Cup dream into reality.