SHIV Kapur had a quiet two-under 69 on Saturday and will carry a one-stroke lead in to the final round of the Panasonic Open in Chiba, Japan.
Kapur hit back-to-back birdies from No. 15 and stood at nine-under 204, a stroke ahead of Kodai Ichihara, who traded two birdies for two bogeys for a 71.
Filipino golfers Miguel Tabuena and Angelo Que were tied for 42nd at 213.
Tabuena, the reigning Philippine Open champion, and three-time Asian Tour winner Que both fired 71 to stay at even after three rounds.
The young pro Tabuena had a rollercoaster round featuring four birdies and four bogeys, while Que had a quieter day with two birdies and two bogeys.