Home favourite Thomas Detry within striking distance at Soudal Open

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Thomas Detry is still on track to clinch his maiden DP World Tour title in front of his home fans at the Soudal Open.

The 30-year-old Belgian is on 14 under, one shot off the pace set by Simon Forsstrom, after his third-round 66 at Rinkven International in Antwerp.

Detry posted three birdies before play was suspended due to lightning when he was on the 12th, and he managed two more after the restart.

He was the main attraction for the galleries but Swede Forsstrom, who has led since Thursday and dropped just one shot all week, looks determined to spoil the party after shooting a 67 for the second day in a row to move to 15 under.

Julien Brun and Jens Dantorp share third place on 12 under while Scot Richie Ramsay and Englishman Andrew Wilson are on 11 under after they both birdied two of their last three holes to sign for 66s.

Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera is on the same mark after a 64, the joint-lowest round of the day with England's Matthew Southgate.

Detry is relishing playing in front of his home crowd, saying on europeantour.com: "It's absolutely amazing. It feels like I'm bringing Tiger crowds out here. The course has an amazing atmosphere between the trees as well. Every single clap sounds like it's times three.

"I don't know what would mean the most, winning for the first time or winning on home soil. I think that they would both mean a lot.

"I think it would be a massive boost for my career and a massive boost for my confidence as well. It would be pretty special but, again, I'm not really thinking about that. I'm just going to try and enjoy the day and just have some fun."

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