With two birdies on his final four holes, Tim Madigan of Las Cruces, N.M., carded a three-under 68 at Pine Ridge Golf Club on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead through 54 holes at The Players Cup.
Madigan, a 25-year old PGA Tour Canada rookie, is looking to put the exclamation point on what has been a stellar season so far that includes two top-three finishes.
The New Mexico State graduate led by two shots over Josh Persons of Fargo, N.D., who clipped Madigan by a shot to win the Bayview Place Island Savings Open last month.
“There are plenty of great players behind me and anyone can play well on this course, so I’m definitely not out of the woods yet,” said Madigan. “I just hope the lead gets bigger and bigger.”
Currently sitting fourth on the Order of Merit, Madigan has been knocking on the door for a win for some time now, both on PGA Tour Canada and elsewhere.
“I hate to put it this way, but I feel like I’m due. I’ve been close on the eGolf West Tour and a couple of times on PGA Tour Canada, so just I feel like it may be my time,” said Madigan.
“I just have to not worry about it. Just get plenty of rest, and just have fun and see where all the chips land,” he added.
Calgary’s Ryan Yip, Montreal’s Beon Yeong Lee and Matt Hill of Sarnia, Ont., are all tied for sixth at four under, five off the lead.
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