Lee Westwood is three shots off the lead after a late surge
Westwood carded a third round of 72 to lie three shorts off the lead held by Australia's Andrew Dodt, but the bare figures did not tell the whole story of a remarkable score.
After 14 holes at a windswept Wentworth, Westwood had hit just one green in regulation and was three over par, but the former world number one then parred the difficult 15th and birdied the last three holes.
The 44-year-old, who has twice finished runner-up in the European Tour’s £5.4million flagship event, needed just 23 putts and had a scrambling percentage of 95, prompting some high praise from caddie Billy Foster.
Andrew Dodt remains as the clubhouse leader going into the final day
Westwood revealed: “Billy said he had not seen an exhibition of short game and putting like that since he worked for Seve 25 years ago.
"After 14 holes I hadn't had a birdie putt and I was just grinding, trying to get up and down when I missed the green.
"I was just laughing, wondering who this was chipping and putting."
Dodt defied the conditions with a 68 to finish at the head of affairs on eight under par, a shot ahead of South African Branden Grace.
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Dodt credited his form to improving his mental approach with sports psychologist Andrea Furst, who worked with Team GB's gold medal-winning hockey team before last year's Rio Olympics.
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I reconnected with Andrea in September last year,” the two-time European Tour winner said. “She’s an Aussie based in London. I saw her when I was 20, 21 but I came back to her.
“I’ve concentrated on my breathing and calmness. I got very technical so pushed that to one side and concentrated on playing the game.”