Nicolas Colsaerts moved a step closer to finish his seven-year winless by opening up a three-shot direct in the Open de 27, streak in the Tour.
The former Ryder Cup star posted a four-under 67 in Le Golf National to get to 13 of playing partner George Coetzee since the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Jamie Donaldson rolled back and Richie Ramsay and the years on his birthday to post a 66 and join Kurt Kitayama in a share of third together five strokes off the pace in tied-fifth along with Joachim B Hansen.
I wasnt really looking at just what the result was, Colsaerts told Sky Sports. It would be wonderful to win this item, but should I stay away from believing that I believe my odds will be a great deal higher than if I find this thing directly in front of me
Colsaerts started the day in a share of the lead but was handed the advantage before the Belgian followed a birdie in the fifth with a five-foot gain at the sixth to make it to the turn when Coetzee bogeyed the moment.
Kurt Kitayama has been Colsaerts challenger till bogeys from the 11th watched him slide down the leaderboard, while Coetzee moved inside one after starting his back nine with a tap-in birdie at the 10th.
The South African traded birdies with Colsaerts in the 11th and 12th to find that the pair pull clear of the chasing pack, just for Coetzee to double-bogey that the 13th and fall three supporting after a wayward tee shot.
Colsaerts bounced back from missing a 10-footer to save par at the 17th retain his cushion and to pit a birdie, as Coetzee closed his round with a run of pars.
A final-hole birdie raised Kitayama alongside Donaldson, who saw his single blemish come via a bogey at the 13th and published six birdies beneath to nine.
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