Danny King is on the verge of capturing his third PGA of Canada national championship of 2015.
King, from the Performance Academy at Magna in Aurora, Ont., leads the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada by a shot heading into the final round on Wednesday.
King’s 36-hole total of six-under-par 138 at Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz., is a shot better than Kevin Black of Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club near Calgary.
The winner of this year’s PGA Championship of Canada and PGA Team Championship with partner Billy Walsh said he played well Tuesday, even after a sluggish start to his round.
“I played really well today and even though I started out with a bogey on the first and another on the fourth, I was able to settle down and turn pretty good,” King said about his two-under-par 34 front nine.
“The five or six holes are really tricky with distance control,” he said. “I’ll work on some distance control stuff with my short irons and wedges and be better come (Wednesday).”
Should King be able to hold on for the win, he’d become just the third player to win three or more PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada titles.
He’d also become the first player in the history of the association to have won three national championships in the same calendar year.
However, Black is looking for his first PGA of Canada national championship. He’ll tee it up along with King and Craig Hocknull (four under) in Thursday’s final group.
“It’s not so much nerves as it is excitement and the feeling of wanting to play well,” said Black of the final round.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity,” he said. “I’ve been in this type of situation a few times, so I know how to deal with the feelings, staying positive and having a level head.”
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