After a second-straight round of five-under 67, Quebec’s Marc Hurtubise leads the Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada at 10 under heading into Wednesday’s final at the PGA Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Hurtubise, 50, of the Chambly Golf Club is three clear of his nearest competitor, Adam Chamberlain of Gowan Brae Golf Club.
“I’m very happy with shooting two 67s, especially with the wind we faced today,” said Hurtubise.
“I’m just taking this week day-by-day. After going through cancer in 2010 and surviving it, you don’t really think about things other than just being thankful for living,” he said.
Hurtubise’s previous best finish in a PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada is a tie for 32nd last year.
Chamberlain, who finished T25 in 2010, has enjoyed two days of good putting and grinding out shots.
“I’ll do the same things I’ve done this week and keep it simple,” said Chamberlain of his final round game plan.
“It’s great to be playing well in a national championship, so we’ll keep things fun and simple (Wednesday) and see where things go,” he said.
Chamberlain and Hurtubise will have to contend with several impressive players who are chasing, including two-time champion and the third member of the final group, Danny King of The Performance Academy at Magna in Aurora, Ont.
This is the third straight year that King, ranked fifth on the PGA of Canada Player Rankings, finds himself in the final group.
King could join Gar Hamilton and Yvan Beauchamin as the only players to have won the event three or more times.
After his second-round four-under 68, King joked about playing in the final group on Wednesday.
“I tried to not play that well today, so I don’t find myself in the last group again,” he said. “I’ve kind of got this black cat on my shoulder down here and I need to get rid of it.”
Team Ontario (King, Matt Peavoy, Dan Greenwood and Brian Hutton) captured the Inter-Zone portion of the championship, beating Team Quebec by eight shots.