HOLDING a narrow lead heading into the final round of any golf tournament can be a nerve-wracking experience.
For Nick Thomson, that nervous wait just got even tougher.
Thomson leads the Horsham Golf Club's Club Championships by six strokes with just 18 holes left to play.
The final round however has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The club is not sure when the final round will be played.
Thomson, who has twice finished runners-up at the event, said it was unfortunate timing.
"It's very weird," he said.
"It would've been nice to try and get it finished obviously, but it's just one of those things. With what is going on, we just have to postpone it.
"It's a bit of a shame. I was hitting them quite well and then this happens. But it's a crazy world at the moment."
Playing off a handicap of three, Thomson shot 73 off the stick in round three to lead Horsham's Brent McIntyre by six strokes.
It puts Thomson in a familiar position; he led by three strokes heading into the final round in 2018, but a difficult day on the fairways saw him relinquish the lead and finish in second place, one stroke behind winner Adam Tribe.
"I had probably one of the worst days I've had playing golf that day," Thomson said.
"I probably got a little bit too far ahead of myself. Probably hit a couple of shots I didn't have to and really shot myself in the foot.
"That happens I suppose."
While he is hoping it will be a different story in 2020 - whenever the final round gets played - Thomson was just grateful the course was still open for him to keep practicing and hopefully maintaining his good form.
"I'll just try to keep playing as much as I can. We're really fortunate that the golf club is one of the few things still open," he said.
"When (the club championships) come around, I'll start thinking about it again. But for now I'm pretty comfortable in the position I am."
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