Starting the day a full ten shots behind co-leaders Roger Tambellini (Templeton, Calif.) and Andrew Smeeth (Abbotsford, B.C.), the 24-year-old Tour rookie fired a Fort William Country Club course record 63 to move from 1-under to 10-under for the event, just five shots back of leader Bob Conrad (Seattle, Wa.). Tambellini and Smeeth are two shots back of Conrad entering final-round play Sunday, while Rich Massey of Harrington Park, NJ shot a 67 Saturday to find himself three strokes off the pace.
Conrad needed a critical up-and-down out of the heavy rough on his final hole to maintain his two-shot cushion.
That was a big shot for me, I didnt want to give up a stroke on the final hole today, said the 27-year-old. I wont be able to come in here and shoot even par (Sunday) and expect to win this thing. But I like playing with both of these guys (Tambellini and Smeeth), so we should have a lot of fun going head-to-head.
Earlier in the day, Forrester, who was on the bubble to survive Fridays cut, put himself back in contention with nine birdies while playing bogey-free golf. While conceding that he drained some lengthy birdie putts to keep the hot streak going, Forrester missed four putts within six feet that could have seen him wind up with a sub-60 round.
That was easily the best ball striking round I have ever had, admitted the two-time NCAA All-American after bettering the 6670-yard, par-72 course benchmark by two strokes. You have to have a lot of things go your way to shoot 63, but I knew it was out there for the taking. Right now I have a good feeling about Sunday.
Following Fridays less-than-stellar 3-over 75, Forrester called sports psychologist Jack Llewellyn, who also works with the pitching staff of baseballs Atlanta Braves. The two talked for about half an hour, and after a ninety-minute fog delay Saturday morning, Forrester admitted he approached the tee with a better outlook.
We talked about patience and what it takes to win. It certainly isnt magic, but positive thinking goes a long way. I was frustrated early Friday, and I think our talk helped out a lot.
Smeeth buried a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and is the top Canadian heading into Sunday.
Hopefully, I can carry that into the final round, he said. I didnt feel all that comfortable out there today, but I tried to stay patient. Ill stick to my plan, keep playing the way I have been and well see what happens.