Mark Foster and Sergio Garcia shine in Munich event

Mark Foster
A solid round of 68 sees Foster lead going into the final round

Mark Foster takes a two-shot lead going into the final day of the International Open while Sergio Garcia kept alive his hopes of sealing an Open spot.

Foster shot 66 to head Garcia, Pablo Larrazabal, George Coetzee, Retief Goosen and Robert Coles in Munich.

Garcia took an early lead with a 64 that puts him in a good position to seal the top-four finish he needs to secure a place at Sandwich in July.

"I knew for Open purposes I needed to do something special," said Garcia.

"I am not in the lead going into tomorrow but at least I have a chance."

The Spaniard, who is fighting back from a slump that saw him drop from number two in the world to outside the top 80, finished seventh at the US Open at Congressional last week.

He added: "The US Open was good - it was nice to be up there in a major again.

"I didn't have a chance to win because Rory [McIlroy] was playing out of his mind, but it feels like the game is coming along and I think my putting is definitely improving."

England's Foster, who is looking for his second European Tour title and first since 2003, birdied four of the last seven holes to finish on 14 under but he knows he will have to do equally well on Sunday.

"I know exactly what's ahead," he said. "You're in the lead, you are two thirds of the way there, but I've been on both sides, the ecstasy of winning and the horrible feeling when it goes wrong and you're flying home.

"I know I've got to shoot a positive score tomorrow. If I shoot anything around par, I won't win the tournament. That speaks for itself."

Sweden's Henrik Stenson and South African Coetzee were unable to hang onto their overnight leads after carding rounds of 73 and 70 respectively.

A nine on the 11th after finding water saw Stenson fall out of contention, but he recovered with three birdies to the 18th, leaving him on nine under.

English pair Lee Slattery (66) and Graeme Storm (68) ended 11 under with Italian 18-year-old Matteo Manassero (66) 10 under.