Sunday might be the most-watched sporting event in Canada in a long time not involving ice and a puck, as David Hearn angles for his first PGA win, and to become the first Canadian to win the national open in 61 years.
Hearn fired a 68 to reach 15-under, giving him a two-stroke lead with 18 holes to play. He’ll have to hold off at least two Top 10 players to win his first career title – he’s up two strokes over world No. 3 Bubba Watson and No. 9 Jason day, who are tied for second at 13-under in a field rich with contenders: fourteen men are within five strokes of the lead going into the final day.
Hearn nearly made it a second straight day without a bogey, notching five birdies before finally slipping up on No. 17.
Watson, who also shot a 4-under on the day, was at even par at the turn, but put together three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to get back in the fight.
Day looked dead in the water after 11 holes, bogeying 10 and double bogeying 11 to sit at 3-over, but came alive with six birdies on his final seven holes to shoot a 3-under 69.
Day 2 leader Chad Campbell came way back to the pack on Saturday with a 3-over 75 to slide to a tie for sixth at 11-under. Cambell was just 1-over at the turn, then launched a triple-bogey 7 on No. 11 before birdying No. 16.
He’s tied with four others, including World No. 7 Jim Furyk. The round of the day belonged to the awesomely-named Ollie Schniederjans, who shot a 6-under to reach 10-under for the tournament.
Schniederjans, a three-time All-American at Georgia Tech, is in his professional debut after playing the Open Championship as an amateur and finishing 12th.