Robert Garrigus carded a third round six-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round of the 2012 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont.
Garrigus, who won the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, sits at 16-under for the championship, one shot ahead of William McGirt.
With his score of 194 through three rounds, Garrigus set a record for low score over 54 holes (195) set by Arnold Palmer in 1955 and matched by Dean Wilson in 2010.
“I kind of started off a little slow and then I hit a perfect tee shot on the par five — hit it in a couple of feet, made eagle and started swinging really well,” said Garrigus, whose round also included four birdies.
“I got my distances dialed in and made a couple long putts,” he added.
After opening with a course-record 62 on Thursday, Scott Piercy shot 67 for the second consecutive day. Piercy is in sole possession of third place at 14-under 196, two shots off the lead.
Scott Stallings, Chris Kirk and Bo Van Pelt are tied for fourth at 12-under.
David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask. are tops among Canadians at two-under. Hearn shot a 72 in round three, while DeLaet had a 70.
“Obviously, I had a bad day, and I’m looking forward to a better one (Sunday),” said Hearn.
“I made a lot of mistakes out there today, but my game’s still very close. If I have a nice day tomorrow, I can still have a nice finish,” said Hearn.
Toronto’s Albin Choi, the lone amateur remaining the field, shot a 72 and sits at one-under 209. Choi is assured of claiming the Gary Cowan Low Amateur Award.
Ken Fidlin of Sun Media has more on Satturday’s third round here.
Although he failed to make the cut at the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, reigning Open champion Ernie Els, fresh off his win at the British Open, will be in Toronto Sunday to throw out the first pitch at a Blue Jays game.
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