Michael Campbell has found some form at the European Masters in Switzerland.
The former US Open champion climbed 21 places to a share of 25th place after a four under par 67 on moving day at the Crans Sun Sierre Golf Club.
The eight-time winner on the European Tour was back to his best on the front nine. He birdied the opening hole and then added an eagle two on 296m par four sixth to jump to three under. Campbell added another birdie at the seventh and made the turn in four under.
He mixed three bogeys and three birdies on the back nine to sign for a 67 and a three round total of four under par. He will begin the final round seven shots back from Scotland’s Richie Ramsay who leads by one on an 11 under par total.
Campbell, who made the cut for the fifth time in 2012, is looking to beat his best finish for the season when he placed tied 11th at the French Open.
Meantime over in the States, Hamilton professional Steven Alker has also climbed 21 places in round three at the Mylan Classic on the web.com Tour in Pennsylvania.
Alker, who finished tied 19that the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, carded a four under 67 at the Southpointe Golf Club in Pennsylvania to jump into a share of 13th place.
The 40-year-old has had rounds of 68, 71 and 67 for a seven under par total to be five shots back from American professional Cliff Kresge.
Alker made the turn in one under par after two bogeys and a birdie before he made four straight birdies from 10 – 13 to get into contention. He dropped a shot on the 15thand finished on four under for the day.
It is a timely return to form for Alker as he is 87thon the web.com Tour money list and needs to climb inside the top 25 to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.
New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee had a third round to forget. He carded a five over par 76 to drop from a share of 13th place to tied 51st.
Lee, who missed out on the top 125 players who qualified for the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour in 159th place, was consistently poor. He made five bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies during his second web.com Tour event for 2012.
Manawatu pro Tim Wilkinson fired a two over par 73 to fall 15 places to tied 49th. Wilkinson had three bogeys, four birdies and a triple bogey eight to lose pace with the field. He is in 66th on the web.com Tour money list and needs a strong finish to progress to the PGA Tour.
Over in Japan, Hamilton professional David Smail climbed into the top 10 at the Fujisankei Classic.
The 42-year-old, who has played for 15 consecutive years on the Japan Golf Tour, is currently 58th on the Money List for 2012. He needs to finish inside the top 70 to keep his card.
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