After shooting a 7-under 63 on Friday, Jim Furyk followed that up today with a 5-under 65 to give him a three shot cushion heading into the final round. Furyk is 15-under for the tournament.
Furyk is looking to win for the third time here at the Canadian Open. Furyk won in 2006 at Hamilton, in 2007 at Angus Glen, and now looking to win at Royal Montreal in 2014.
Furyk is playing some really good golf right now and I don’t think anybody will catch him, but this has been a year where there leaders haven’t closed the deal on Sunday. If I had to bet, I would bet that Furyk seals the deal, but it’s definitely not guaranteed.
Tim Clark will join Furyk as Clark had the low round today shooting a 6-under 64 to propel him up the leaderboard to 12-under par and into solo 2nd place three shots behind Furyk. Kyle Stanley is alone in 3rd place at 10-under par, and Jamie Lovemark is in solo 4th place at 9-under.
Tim Petrovic, who held a share for the lead after round 1 and round 2, fell back to a tie for 5th after shooting a 2-over 72. He’s tied at 8-under with Scott Brown, Graham DeLaet, and Joe Durant.
Michael Putnam, who had a share of the lead with Petrovic after round 1, shot an even round 2 and just a 1-under 69 in round 3. That’s good enough for 7-under for the tournament and in a tie for 9th with Graeme McDowell, Gonzalo-Fernandez Castano, and Justin Hicks.
Matt Kuchar is alone in 13th place at 6-under par. At 5-under in a tie for 14th is where Brandt Snedeker, Ratief Goosen, Nick Watney, and others reside.
Ernie Els sits at 4-under in a tie for 22nd. Canadian Amateur Taylor Pendrith shot a 2-under 68 and is 2-under for the tournament in a tie for 43rd. Stewart Cink, William McGirt, Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair are other notables that are 2-under as well.
All in all, it’s a good leaderboard. The big name stars have played well. Obviously, Furyk leads by three, but Clark is right there, DeLaet is looking to give Canada’s it’s first Canadian Open title in over 60 years, G-Mac is stalking, so it is a good leaderboard. As I mentioned, I believe Furyk will seal the deal, but it’ll be interesting to see if he does.