Walker had the low round of the day with a 6-under 64 and, like Duke, has a 54-hole total of 15-under 195, two shots in front of Doug McGuigan (Langley, BC). Jason Enloe (Dallas, Tex.) is at 12-under, while Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, ON and Chris Greenwood (Valdese, N.C.) are four back of the leaders.
Dave Barr of Richmond, BC, who has twelve Canadian Tour and two PGA Tour victories on his resume, is at 9-under.
High winds caused problems for the players for much of the third round. A flash storm, complete with thunder and lightning, caused a one-hour delay earlier in the day.
Holding on to a one-shot edge as play began, the 33-year-old Duke saw the margin increase to as much as five during a rollercoaster back nine. After an eagle-birdie-birdie run beginning on the par-5 10th, Duke, the 1999 Order of Merit champion, struggled to a double bogey on the 16th. He then drove the par-4 17th before settling for a birdie.
The way the wind was blowing out there, it had everyone confused, admitted the two-time Canadian Tour winner. I kind of let everyone back in the game towards the end, but thats golf. I hung in there and well see what we can do tomorrow.
Walker, 23, a Tour rookie, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and has needed just 30 putts in each of the three rounds. The former NCAA All-American (Baylor) will tee it up with Duke and McGuigan in the final group Sunday.
Ive felt good all week and I know its going to take a lot of birdies to have a chance, said Walker. Ive tried to re-adjust my thinking all week. Ill go home tonight, watch a little T.V. and try to come back out tomorrow and do the same thing.
McGuigan, who is originally from South Africa but has called B.C. home the past seven years, echoed Dukes thoughts on the blustery conditions.
With this wind, if someone had told me I would shoot 65, I would have taken it, he said. If I could predict this game I would be a superstar. Whoever putts well on Sunday is the guy who will win the tournament.
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