He might be a rookie on paper, but Vancouver’s David Zibrik is certainly not playing like one.
Zibrik, who shot four-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s second round, takes a one-shot lead over Marc Girouard of St-Sauveur, Que., into Wednesday’s final round of the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
The long-hitting Zibrik posted six birdies and two bogeys on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club to vault into the lead at six under.
“This is my first time down here and it’s been awesome, especially after putting myself in position to win a national championship,’ said Zibrik, the head teaching professional at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy. “I guess you might say I’m a bit of an underdog, but if I can play well again (Wednesday), it might erase that status.”
Girouard has put himself in position yet again after a solid round of three-under-par 69. Girouard made five birdies with his only real trouble coming on par five fifth hole, where he made a double bogey.
“I absolutely love coming down here, which might be why I’ve had some success over the last few years,” said Girouard, the head professional at Club de Golf Le Diamant. “My only goal (Wednesday) is to have fun because usually you play pretty well when you are having fun.”
Jeff Buder of Vancouver has once again put himself in position to win after a solid round of four-under par 68. Buder has recorded three top-10 finishes in the past four years, including a runner-up finish last year. He sits alone in third place, two shots back.
“I hit the ball really solid again today and I didn’t make those same silly chipping errors as I did yesterday and that seemed to be the difference,’ said Buder, the head professional at Point Grey Golf and Country Club. ‘It feels great to put myself in position to win again after what happened last year and I’m looking forward to playing well again tomorrow.”
First round leader Brian Hutton of Burlington, Ont., struggled on the way in, making bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes, but only sits three shots back of Zibrik after a one-over-par 73.
In the Canadian PGA Inter-Zone competition, Team B.C. won by three shots over Team Ontario.
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