Shahi carded his second straight bogey-free round to finish 18-under par through 54 holes and led by one shot over Hugo Leon of Chile and by three over American Chris Epperson.
Shahi rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to secure the 54-hole lead, his first ever on PGA Tour Canada. He credited a lighthearted mental approach for his success so far this week and said he hopes the same mentality will carry him to victory tomorrow.
Leon, who finished his second round Saturday morning with six birdies in eight holes, then shot a third round 67 that included a birdie at the 18th hole to sit at 17-under. Epperson also carded a birdie on 18 to post a 68 and a 15-under par total.
A shot behind Epperson at 14-under were Americans Tony Finau and Ryan Blaum.
British Columbia’s Darren Wallace, Edmonton’s Steven Lecuyer and Joe Panzeri of the U.S., the winner two weeks ago at the ATB Financial Classic presented by Telus, where tied for sixth at 13-under.
- Shahi is looking to become just the second 54-hole leader to win on the PGA Tour Canada this season. Panzeri was the first to do so two weeks ago in Calgary.
- Seven players have shot in the 60s all three rounds: Sean Shahi, Hugo Leon, Chris Epperson, Tony Finau, Steven Lecuyer, Josh Anderson and Mark Hubbard.
- The cut was made Saturday morning at three-under par, with 56 players making it to the weekend. Playing in the final group of the day off the back nine, Rafa Campos birdied two of his final three holes to push the cut from two-under par to three-under, sending 15 players home for the weekend.
- Just three players have made the cut in all six events this year: Tyler Aldridge, Brady Schnell and Joe Panzeri.