Tommy Fleetwood is in contention of wrapping up the lucrative Race to Dubai title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, after finding form on day three of the penultimate European Tour tournament.
The Englishman sits atop the European rankings but has seen his lead slimmed by fellow countryman Justin Rose who won back-to-back titles in recent weeks at the Turkish Airlines Open and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
Yet victory in South Africa this weekend, which remains in Fleetwood's grasp after he moved into joint-seventh with a 5-under 67 on day three, would clinch the Race to Dubai title and the bumper bonus prize that goes with it.
Winning the Nedbank Challenge itself is worth €1.1m in prize money making it one of the richest tournaments on the Tour and potentially the largest payday in Fleetwood's career so far.
Meanwhile finishing as the best-ranked player on the Race to Dubai is rewarded with a $1.25m paycheque, taken from a $5m bonus pool set aside for the top 10.
Race to Dubai bonuses are denoted in greenback while regular-season European Tour tournaments pay out in Euros.
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Fleetwood endured two difficult days in Sun City with disappointing rounds of 73 and 74, before a confident day three pulled him into the top 10 on two-under and within touching distance of Scotland's Scot Jamieson who leads at eight-under.
With Rose not present, Fleetwood can make himself unsurpassable at the summit of the rankings in next week's season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai.
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In doing so he could become the first golfer other than Henrik Stenson or Rory McIlroy to win the Race to Dubai for six years.
Fleetwood has benefited from the inaugural season of the Rolex Series, the seven tournaments — including the Nedbank Challenge — with a prize money pot of €7m or more launched by the Tour this year.
The 26-year-old earned €1.04m for winning the French Open in June and registered top-10 finishes at the Rolex Series events the Italian Open and Irish Open, pocketing him €4.1m in the process.