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Bryce Easton from South Africa joint leader at -7 after third round of Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final Image Credit: Supplied

South African Bryce Easton and Englishman Nathan Kimsey will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A.

The duo both carded six under par third rounds of 66 at Club de Golf Alcanada to vault themselves to the top of the leaderboard.

Overnight co-leader Matthew Baldwin posted a one under par round of 71 to finish the day in solo third, while Sweden’s Oscar Lengden carded a six under par 66 to move into a tie for fourth alongside Frenchman Adrien Saddier.

Easton entered the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final in 38th position on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, however he would catapult to seventh with victory in Mallorca tomorrow and claim a full DP World Tour card for the first time in his career.

Bryce Easton is currently 38th position on the Road to Mallorca Rankings Harry Grimshaw, Golf Editor

“I’ve been on the fringes for a while, and it’s frustrating, but at the same time I think it will put me in good stead for when I do take that next step up,” he said. “It’s not far away, there are just so many of us trying to get through to the DP World Tour.

“For me I think there is a bit of an advantage having played some events on the DP World Tour and not coming cold turkey from the Challenge Tour and not knowing what to expect, so there are positives and negatives to it all.”

Co-leader Kimsey has already secured his DP World Tour card for next year having entered the week in sixth position on the Rankings after four top five’s and a maiden Challenge Tour victory at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge back in July.

Kimsey would top the Road to Mallorca Rankings should he win the season finale tomorrow and become the first English Challenge Tour Number One since Jordan Smith back in 2017.

“With the points on offer this week I know I can still top the Rankings,” he said. “I haven’t really looked at the projected Rankings but I know that if I come here and win the tournament I am going to be number one or very close so that’s all I’m trying to do.”