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Persons pulls into lead by shooting 67 at Bayview Place Island Savings Open

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American Josh Persons shot a 3-under 67 at Uplands Golf Club yesterday to take a two shot lead heading into the final round of the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.

The 30-year-old secured his first 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event since the 2012 Neediest Kids Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Persons built a two-shot cushion over fellow Americans Garrett Sapp, Brock Mackenzie and Tim Madigan in the second event of PGA Tour Canada’s 2014 season.

Persons began his day inauspiciously with a bogey on the second hole, but carded four birdies without a bogey the rest of the day to leap in front of overnight leader Mackenzie, who fell to a 1-over 71 on a day when Uplands Golf Club provided a tough test.

Among players to make the cut, the field scoring average was 70.13 on yesterday compared to 67.80 on Friday and 68.84 on Thursday.

Persons will play in the final group alongside Sapp, whose third-round 67 vaulted him into a tie for second. Mackenzie, the 2010 champion at Uplands, will play alongside Madigan, who chipped in for birdie on the final hole for a 1-under 69.

Allenby’s strong round gets him top Canuck status

James Allenby of Langley, BC, finds himself the lone Canadian in the top 10 heading into the final round following a stellar 3-under 67, leaving him T5 at 8-under.

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