Callum Shinkwin will tee off later this morning seeking his highest finish of 2017 following a four-under-par third round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Bushey golfer’s 68 moved him to ten-under for the tournament and in a share of 19th place overnight, seven shots behind joint leaders Daniel Im and Jon Rahm.

It means the Moor Park Golf Club professional remains on track to beat the tie for 23rd he secured at the opening event of his season, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January, and if Shinkwin has a good final 18 holes the third top-ten finish of his European Tour career could be within reach.

The 24-year-old’s third round scorecard was a sea of red and blue numbers, with birdies outnumbering bogeys nine to five and par being made on just four holes at Portstewart Golf Club.

Having dropped back to five-under with a bogey on the first, Shinkwin was soon at seven-under with back-to-back birdies on the second and third.

Those two shots were dropped on five and six, only to be recovered on seven and eight as Shinkwin went out in a one-under par score of 35.

Birdies on 10, 13 and 14 moved the former English Amateur champion to ten-under and that was to be his 54-hole total after a bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie finish.