Despite his poor form earlier this season the 30-year-old has always had one eye on this tournament - the European Tour's flagship event. He balanced the books with a birdie at 8 and then kicked on with back-to-back red numbers at 11 and 12. The Italian finished strongly, with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 moving him level at the summit.
Dodt bogeyed his fourth hole but then played the next 14 holes in five-under as he closed in on a third European Tour victory and becoming the first Australian to win the prestigious event since 1990 when Mike Harwood reigned supreme.
On Thursday, Grace's ball was plugged on an awkward upslope in a greenside bunker at the par-four 13th hole. "I'm a great putter and I'm having a bad week". I'm happy where my game is and I'm looking forward to the summer. But the golfcourse is playing how I would like it to play for a good challenge on the weekend.
Olympic champion Rose described his round as a "fun day" despite treading water by parring each of the last nine holes. If he is to improve on that this week he will have to overcome the most high-profile test of his career. "There will be a lot of nerves".
"I decided before I went out that I was just going to try to break it down and make it small". "I ended up with 23 putts and 95 percent scrambling". "The greens are absolutely as pure as you can find. That's where you get the buzz". "I felt really good and I'm not sure what's going wrong", said Wood with a sigh.
"Myself and Billy [Foster, his caddie] were just laughing at each other because it was so ridiculous".
Els at least had reason to celebrate the verdict on his latest redesign of the West Course, which has met with universal approval from his fellow competitors.
There is, though, a considerable tide of history to turn.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next week's Memorial tournament in OH in his race to be fit for the US Open next month.
Rose looked set to miss the cut after shanking a fairway bunker shot out of bounds on the sixth to run up a quadruple-bogey, but produced a grandstand finish with an eagle from 10 feet on the par-five 18th.
Instead of facing what could have been double-bogey, Grace had a chance at par. He remains, however, in prime position to hunt Dodt through the final round.
Chawrasia, four-time victor on the European Tour, including his home open, the Hero Indian Open last two years, was tied-37th, as he made a great recovery from a troubled start.
The Wentworth greens were dug up and re-seeded after last year's tournament to make them less bumpy, a frequent complaint of the players in the past. The long-hitting Fijian is 7 under on the par 5s.
Success for one of them would be popular, Beef especially, but the most cherished result for the home fans would be a Westwood win.
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"We know it is going to be a big achievement if we manage to win this game and we are trying to get ready to play". Shinnie and Mikael Lustig had words when Celtic's Swedish defender celebrated right in the Aberdeen man's face.