Cincinnat’s Wes Homan carded a four-under 68 on Saturday at Whitewater Golf Club to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the inaugural Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay.
Homan has a solo lead for the first time after any round in his four seasons on PGA Tour Canada.
“I’m excited. You can’t ask for a better position,” said Homan, whose round was highlighted by an eagle at the par five seventh, where his approach from the fairway struck the flagstick and set up a short eagle putt.
That allowed him to jump two shots in front of Eason, where he finished the day.
“I had 255 to the flag. It looked really good in the air and I saw it dink off the flag. Maybe it’ll go in tomorrow,” said Homan.
“It’s just me versus the course,” said Homan. “We’ll see what I can do. Somebody could play great and steal it from me, but as long as I try as hard as I can on every shot, that’s all I can do,” he said.
Eason, a 22-year old rookie, said he liked how he managed the pressure of playing in the day’s final pairing and was excited to be in his position despite falling two behind.
“Victoria’s Cory Renfrew was low Canadian through three rounds in sixth spot at eight-under, following a five-under 67. Renfrew recently had a couple of starts on the Web .com Tour.
“Knowing I can compete out there gives me confidence, and knowing I can win out here and compete at the top level is big too. That’s my goal for the rest of the season,” said Renfrew.
“I was ecstatic to make it for two weeks on the Web .com Tour,” said Renfrew.
“I played well in Nova Scotia and had fun. It’s a different kind of ballgame out there and I’m hopefully going to use this as practice for out there for years to come,” he said.
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