Canberra golfer Matthew Millar has continued where he left off last season by surging into contention after the third round of the Victorian Open at Thirteenth Beach on Saturday.
The Gold Creek professional carded six birdies in his five-under 67 to grab a share of second at 10-under alongside Michael Long and Stephen Dartnall, three behind leader Adam Blyth.
Queenslander Blyth birdied four of his last six holes to build his buffer in a six-under round of 66.
Just five shots separate eight players on a congested leaderboard as Millar looks to add a second title to his resume after his breakthrough win at the New Zealand PGA last year.
Millar was named the PGA of Australasia player of the year after a superb 2015 where he finished third on the order of merit after 11 top-10 finishes.
The 39-year-old told Fairfax Media last month he would be "crazy not to look at" the final stage of Europe or Japan qualifying school, should he maintain his form, after he stopped travelling to focus on teaching.