Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., saved his best for the last hole of the day.
After a three-putt bogey at No. 17 to fall out of a share of the lead, Pendrith hit an eight iron from 175 yards to six inches and came away with an eagle to take sole possession of the lead at the Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic.
Pendrith finished with his third straight five-under 67 and his 54-hole total of 15 under leads four players by one, including Montreal’s Max Gilbert and Americans Justin Bardgett, Kyle Wilshire and Dan McCarthy.
Just as he has done in his two previous rounds, Pendrith took full advantage of the par-5s, making four birdies and an eagle on Saturday. The eagle at 18 was his third in the event.
“It was a grind today but I managed to make some birdies late and then made that eagle on the last hole, which was nice,” said Pendrith.
“I had some three putts coming in, but that eagle on No. 18 was big. I hit the driver well again today, like I’ve been doing all week and I made some putts which was nice,” he added.
Pendrith is currently 10th on the Order of Merit. Should he win on Sunday, he would receive $31,500 which would move him into the top five who receive Web .com Tour status with one week remaining on the 2015 schedule.
The Tour finishes its season next week at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ontario.
“I just have to keep doing what I’ve been doing (Sunday),” said Pendrith. “If I can get it in play on the par fives and make some birdies and some eagles, then (Sunday) should be fun.”
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