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Panzeri cards 68 to surge into first at The Wildfire Invitational

Joe Panzeri took over top spot by recording a round of 4-under 68.
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Joe Panzeri put a 4-under 68 on the scoreboard Saturday at Wildfire Golf Club to take a two-shot advantage through 54 holes at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.

The American will look to secure his third career PGA Tour Canada victory on Sunday after reaching 16-under par through three rounds.

A group of seven players are T2, including Canadians Max Gilbert, Chris Hemmerich, Justin Shin and Adam Cornelson as well as Americans Jeff Corr, Jay Vandeventer and Brock Mackenzie.

Panzeri is trying to turn around what he admitted has been a disappointing year in 2014, and said he’s taken a fresh attitude into this week to return to the form that saw him finish sixth on the Order of Merit last season.

With rounds of 66-64-68 so far this week, Panzeri said he feels more comfortable on the course than he has all year, partly in thanks to a switch to an old, friendly flatstick on the greens this week.

Gilbert had the round of the day with 7-under 65, while 36-hole leader Adam Cornelson carded an even par 72 to fall back into his T2 position.

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