Camilo Aguado of Colombia took a one-stroke lead after he shot an even-par 70 during the third round of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at the Toronto Golf Club in Mississauga, Ont., on Wednesday.
Aguado carded three straight birdies from six to eight to lead by as much as three strokes, but a triple-bogey on 16 cut his lead to one heading to the final round of the championship.
“I’m happy, leading by one heading to the last round,” he said, after making par on the 18th hole.
“I made a stupid mistake on 16, I shouldn’t have used my driver. I still feel good because I made three straight birdies on the front nine. I missed a couple chances on the back, but I also made some good saves, so it all worked out,” he said.
Defending champion Hugo Bernard of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., shot a one-over 71 to secure his spot in the final grouping, one-stroke back of Aguado.
Thursday will mark a familiar position for Bernard. In 2016, he entered the final day of the same championship three strokes back of Blair Bursey (Gander, N.L.) and ended up shooting a five-under 65 to win by two strokes.
“I like to be the chaser, so I love where I am,” said Bernard. “I just need to play my game – if I can stick to that, I know I will have a chance to win (Thursday).”
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