Overcoming winds upwards of 40 kilometers per hour and cool temperatures, American Clayton Rask recorded a five-under 67 to take the 54-hole lead Saturday at the Tour Championship of Canada at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club in London, Ont.
Rask, with a 12-under-par 204 total for the week, leads Vancouver’s Ryan Williams by two strokes and Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., by three.
The Tour Championship of Canada is the 12th and final event of the 2014 PGA Tour Canada season. The top five players on the season-long Order of Merit following Sunday’s round will earn status on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Starting the day three strokes behind Williams after opening scores of 71-66, Rask posted three consecutive birdies to start the round and made the turn at five-under 31 after two additional birdies.
“It’s the second day in a row I’ve gotten off to a birdie-birdie-birdie start,” said Rask.
“The greens were awesome and the course was fantastic. The grounds crew put in a heck of a job to have it the way it is. It was fun. I’ve been putting really well and hitting the ball really well,” he said.
His back nine included one birdie and one bogey on the 18th hole to complete his 67. On the weather, Rask harkened back to his prep days in Minnesota.
“I kind of grew up in this stuff, and kind of enjoy it,” he said. “You’re out there trudging around in the mud and I just enjoyed it. Growing up in high school, it’s spring golf. It’s snowing and raining and sleeting. I feel confident and I have fun in this,” he said.
Williams came in with an even-par 72, one day after a bogey-free 65. His round included four birdies and four bogeys.
“It was a tough day, whenever I made a bogey, I just tried to stay patient,” said Williams. “I knew there would be a few birdie chances with some of the downwind holes and par fives, but it was a grind out there.”
Cornelson, Williams’ close friend and roommate, has confidence heading into the final round after finishing T5 and T15 the last two weeks.
“I’m going to draw off those experiences I’ve gained the last few weeks,” he said. “I know I can do it, and I’m just going to take it one shot at a time,” he said.
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