Trevor Murphy of the U.S. birdied his final two holes to shoot a 3-under par 69 yesterday at Sunningdale Golf Club to take a one stroke lead heading into the final round of the Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial.
The 28-year-old Murphy sits at 15-under par to lead by one over Max Gilbert of St. Georges, Que., and Alex Kang of the U.S. Americans Brock Mackenzie and Mark Hubbard are three strokes behind heading into the final round.
Murphy finished up a second round on 66 in the morning after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday evening. He then posted a 4-under par 32 on his back nine of the third round to take the solo lead for the third consecutive round.
Murphy sits 51st on the Order of Merit heading into this week and can’t move inside The Five with a win, but would be able to grab a spot in the top 10.
- Gilbert is looking to become the second straight non-member to win on the PGA Tour Canada after Mackenzie Hughes won last week at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial. He could also become the straight non-member to win the Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial to follow Eugene Wong won last year.
- Murphy is trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner on PGA Tour Canada since John Ellis at the 2008 Mexican PGA Championship.
- Preferred lies were not implemented for the first time this week in the third round.
- Alex Kang finished up his second round with an 8-under par 64 in the morning.
- With four of the top five on the Order of Merit missing the cut, 15 players have a chance mathematically of moving inside The Five.