The 22-year-old rookie countered three bogeys with four birdies to jump to 14-under par through three rounds and lead by three strokes over fellow Englishman Kelvin Day, Canadians Peter Campbell and Jordan Krantz and American Jeff Dennis.
The University of Central Florida grad finds himself in the final group for the second time in three events on PGA Tour Canada, after finishing one shot behind Wes Homan at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel three weeks ago.
Dennis was Eason’s closest pursuer late in the day, but he hit a bad drive at the 18th and followed up by hitting the flagstick with his third shot and watching his ball spin off the green, which led to a bogey.
Krantz, a native of Vermillion Bay, ON, briefly tied Eason for the lead at 13-under earlier in the round, but made double bogey at 18 to drop back into a tie for second with Campbell of Baddeck, NS.
Day will play alongside Eason in an all-English pairing today after shooting a 5-under 66.
North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong, who shot a course record 10-under 61 on Friday to hold second place through 36 holes, went into reverse by posting a 4-over 75 to drop to T14.
CAMPBELL’S PUTTER CHANGE LEADS TO SUCCESS THROUGH THREE ROUNDS
Peter Campbell made the switch from a long to a short putter before the tournament, and the results have paid off for the 31-year-old, who sits T2 at 11-under following a 4-under 67.
Campbell has been a world traveller in 2014 after securing medalist honours at NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Q-School this winter. In seven starts there, he has three top-25 finishes, including a T2 finish at the Mundo Maya Open. Campbell said the experience has been ultimately helpful as he looks to make his way up the professional ranks.
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