Even with an admittedly cold putter on Thursday at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont., Victoria’s Jim Rutledge managed to hang on to the lead at the Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
The three-time champion’s day included four bogeys and four birdies for an even-par 71.
His two-day total of seven-under 135 leaves Rutledge with a two-shot lead over fellow Champions Tour player Rod Spittle.
Three back are the PGA of Canada’s ninth-ranked player, Scott Allred, and two-time PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada winner Phil Jonas.
“Yesterday I pretty much made everything I looked at, but today was a totally different day and I had a bunch of three putts. That’s golf though, isn’t it?” he said.
Friday’s final pairing — set to tee off at 10:50 a.m.—features Rutledge, Spittle and Allred for the second time in three years.
In 2013, Rutledge beat Spittle in playoff at Lookout Point Country Club in Fonthill, Ont.
“Back in 2013 I was really close at winning this championship and that was a lot of fun,” said Spittle.
“Here’s the thing, though. Lookout Point and here are very similar. You don’t just stand up there and beat the ball because it’s more about position off the tee and where you are on the greens,” he added.
Montreal’s Daniel Talbot rounds at the top five at three under, with Keir Smith of the National Golf Club of Canada at one under for the championship.
Talbot also earned the Super Senior Division title Thursday, beating John Rushnell of Oshawa Golf Club by two shots.
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