Home favorite Bernd Ritthammer heading in the final round of the Porsche European Open dug deep to keep his title at the top of the leaderboard however united robert MacIntyre.
The Scot shot a 65 to start the round with a four-shot advantage at 11 under par, but he found that lead vanish in the turn while playing partner Ritthammer wrapped in 2 birdies as he carded two bogeys.
The Nuremberg native and MacIntyre bogeyed the 10th to fall beneath before Ritthammer showed nerves of steel to bounce and birdie the 11th and 12th to surge two shots ahead.
Ritthammer allowed MacIntyre and Ryder Cup star Paul Casey back at eight below after bogeys.
However, the set regathered their composure to birdie the past and move one shot ahead of world No 17 Casey.
“Things did not go my way now,” MacIntyre said. “I fought until the conclusion. It isn’t important where I am on top, bottom or the leaderboard, every point counts.
“Now I only showed my fight and also to birdie the past was huge to have a tie for the purpose.
“It’s virtually the belief. I will head out there on Sunday and play with my very best golf.
“If it’s enough, it’s enough. If it is not, it’s not. We’re going to understand and now was a enormous learning experience.”
Rolled in five birdies but blotted his card to sit down in solo third, while Austria’s Matthias Schwab along with also Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal are one back seven under par.
Watch the final of the Porsche European Open live on Sky Sports Golf on Sunday from 11.30am.