Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., and Daniel McCarthy of Syracuse, N.Y., will take a share of the lead into the final round of the 2014 Cape Breton Celtic Classic after both reached 14-under at The Lakes Golf Club in Beon Eoin, N.S.
Gligic, who has top five finishes in each of his last two starts on the PGA Tour Canada schedule, shot a six-under 66 on Saturday to match the lowest round of a very windy day in Nova Scotia.
McCarthy birdied three of his last six holes for a 69.
“I feel good. I’ve just got to keep going and keep the pedal to the metal and try to make some more birdies (Sunday),” said Gligic.
Gligic began the day three shots behind McCarthy, but caught up with a four-under 32 on the front nine.
After three more birdies and two bogeys on the back, he struck an approach from the fairway bunker to three feet on the par five 18th, but missed the short eagle putt and settled for a birdie and a share of the lead.
McCarthy converted a two-putt birdie of his own at the final hole to tie Gligic. Those two will play in the final group on Sunday, a pairing McCarthy said would be comfortable for both players.
“I’ve known Mike for a long time,” said McCarthy. “He and I were both rookies at the same time when this was the Canadian Tour back in 2009, so we should have a good time. We know each other pretty well.”
For Gligic, the final round presents another opportunity to capitalize on a stretch of great golf.
Before his fourth place finish at The Great Waterway Classic and playoff loss at The Wildfire Invitational, he ranked 65th on the Order of Merit, but has jumped all the way to 11th with two events to go and he’s the top Canadian on the season-long money ranking.
“The last couple of weeks have been great,” said Gligic.
“I fell short a couple of times the last two weeks, but tomorrow’s a new day and hopefully, I can get the job done. Hopefully, I can overcome a few butterflies and just focus on my game and make a few putts,” he said.
McCarthy said the key to success on Sunday would be blocking out the rewards of a potential win and focusing on the round in front of him.
“You just have to try to calm yourself down because you’re going to be on edge all day long,” said McCarthy.
“There is quite a bit on the line, and we all know that, but it’s just golf. You have to try to turn it into a round with your buddies,” he said.
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