LAURIE Canter moved to within sight of a top 30 finish in his first tournament since gaining a European Tour card for 2016 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa today.

Canter, who is attached the the Cumberwell Park club in Bradford on Avon, shot his second one under par round of 71 at Leopard Creek GC to end the day tied for 37th position.

The 26 year old birdied three of his last six holes to lie at one over par for the tournament.

Charl Schwartzel took a three-shot lead into the final round of the Championship as he closed in on a fourth career success at the course in Malelane.

The South African ground out a two-under-par 70 after bogeying the first, with France's Sebastien Gros the stand-out performer in the third round with a nine-under-par 63.

Gros joined compatriot Benjamin Hebert in a tie for second after the latter's four-under round of 68.

South African Dylan Frittelli was in fourth at eight under overall after a third-round 66.

Dutchman Joost Luiten, who had been part of a four-way tie for second at halfway, slipped back into a tie for fifth with a 71. He was joined there by Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and Denmark's Lasse Jensen, who both shot 67s, and Scotland's David Drysdale with a 69.