(CNN) -- Swede Alexander Noren carded an eight-under-par round of 63 to open up a two-shot lead over South Africa's Charl Schwartzel after 54 holes of the European Masters.
Noren leads the European Masters field as he attempts to win his first-ever European Tour title.
The 27-year-old, who has never won a European Tour title, is on 15-under-par for the tournament after at one stage being three shots behind Schwartzel before he went eagle-birdie-birdie.
"I played pretty much the same as yesterday, but was seven shots different and that was pretty much seven putts different," Noren told reporters.
"The greens are good, but as soon as you start missing you start forcing them. Today I was calmer and 'letting it happen' as the mental coaches would say."
Schwartzel shot a 65, but it could have been better had he not taken a six at the 516-yard 15th where his drive found the trees.
Overnight leader Thomas Aiken of South Africa slumped to a three-over 74 and is now nine shots off the lead.
Welshman Bradley Dredge, the winner here in 2006, is three off the lead after a third round 68.
In an event co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour, Filipino Angelo Que was the best of the Asian players with a three-under-par 68 leaving him four shots behind Noren.
The 30-year-old Que produced four birdies against a bogey while Thai star Thongchai Jaidee shot a 67 to end the day a further stroke back.
Thongchai, Asia's number one in 2001 and 2004, reaped the rewards of a new putter in his bag when he fired a 67 to remain five off the lead in tied seventh place, thanks to five birdies against a lone bogey.