Heading into Saturday’s third round at the Canadian Open, Dean Wilson and Tim Clark were tied for the lead and sitting at 10-under. Wilson, who is playing in this weekend’s tournament thanks to a sponsors exemption, continued to play steady golf and shot his third straight 5-under to bring him to 15-under and alone atop the leaderboard.
Wilson now holds a four stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round. Clark, Bob Estes and Carl Petersson are at a three-way tie for second at 11-under. Wilson, who finished 152nd last year on the PGA money list, needed to rely on his past championship status and received a sponsors exemption to play in the 2010 Canadian Open. He is more than grateful for the opportunity and is taking advantage of it.
“I really appreciate that,” Wilson said Saturday.
“Last year didn’t turn out so good, and I’m a little more appreciative of getting in tournaments and playing and being out here and fighting and being in the battle. That time away, makes you think about what you don’t have.”
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Even though Wilson holds the lead and is playing very consistent golf through three rounds, the story of the day was Pettersson. Pettersson shot a 10-under 60 to break the tournament record. He was looking to become the second player this month and sixth overall to shoot a 59 on the PGA Tour, but his 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th just missed and left him at 60. More importantly, he is now in contention to win the tournament after possibly missing the cut on Friday.
“I thought I was going to miss the cut yesterday,” Pettersson said on Saturday. “We got finished with the round and it was right on the borderline. Me and Jay Williamson were actually watching the computer to see if we were going to make the cut, and had a few Canadian beers in there. That settled me down, I think. Maybe that’s what did it.”
Wilson will be the favorite to win the 2010 Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf & Country Club heading into Sunday’s final round. His odds are set at 5/7 according to PGA sportsbooks. Clark, who slipped a little in his third round, has his odds set at 4/1 while Pettersson is at 12/1.