Micheluzzi - the current Victorian Amateur Champion - fired a 7-under 65 on Royal Melbourne's West Course to complete an eight-shot swing on 36-hole leader Darcy Brereton and lead by one over his fellow Victorian.
Micheluzzi, a member at both the Metropolitan and Cranbourne Golf Clubs, has dropped only one shot in the last 36 holes and looks well placed to add yet another significant amateur title to his name in tomorrows’ final round.
Brereton birdied his final hole after what had been a tough day to keep his hopes alive.
American Canon Claycomb is two shots behind Brereton with his fellow countryman Philip Knowles two shots further back and not out of it.
Neither is the leading world ranked amateur in the field, Dylan Meyer, who is tied for 5th after a third round of 68 the American to share that position with yet another from the USA in Shintaro Ban.
Former winner Zach Murray is eight shots from the lead while Australia’s leading world ranked amateur player, Min Woo Lee, is nine shots back and will need something very special tomorrow.
In the women's event being played concurrently, Japan's Yuka Yasuda stole the limelight on day three when she set a new Royal Melbourne record for lady golfers with a round of 65 to take a six shot lead over Queensland's Robyn Choi and Victorian Julianne Soo.
After starting the event with a round of 78 the rebound has been stunning for Yasuda who now looks to control the event.
The round bettered by two shots the 11-year record held by South Australia's Stephanie Na.
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