Just a day after setting a Timberwolf Golf Club course record with a blistering 61on his way to a five shot cushion, the 30-year-old McGuigan came back to earth Saturday, carding a 1-under-par 71 and a three-day total of 201, good enough for a three stroke lead over Rich Massey (Harrington Park, N.J.). Jason Bohn (Atlanta, Ga.) and Steve Scott (Wellington, Fla.) sit four off the pace, while Kenneth Staton of Ormond Beach, Fla. is five shots back.
Paired with Staton, who held the Timberwolf record (64) up until Friday and has set a pair of other course benchmarks this season, McGuigan knew he had to put his round of a lifetime behind him heading into Saturday.
Its funny, Ken (Staton) talked to me about that earlier and he told me to forget about it, today was a whole new day, said McGuigan. I felt the pressure on the first tee, but that is why we play this game, for that adrenaline rush. The day you stop getting nervous when you are about to tee off with the lead, then it is time to give it up.
McGuigan, one of the more affable golfers on the Tour, was his typical upbeat self when asked if Timberwolf played tougher Saturday then the day before.
Yeah, as a matter of fact it did.about ten shots tougher, he laughed. I had to keep having a peek at the leaderboard to make sure that record was still intact.
Despite taking a double-bogey on the par-3 15th hole, Massey regrouped enough to close out his day with a birdie and move into sole possession of second spot.
Well, I hit five good shots on that hole, but they went and made it a par-3, deadpanned Massey, a seven-year Canadian Tour veteran. It was nice to see Dougie (McGuigan) not do anything crazy again today to allow us to at least get back in this thing. Ive given myself a chance, and that makes me happy.
Scott, who turned 24 earlier this month, has bounced back from an opening round 74 to fire 64 and 67 respectively and move back into the hunt.
I threw a few shots away over the final few holes, and that puts a damper on things, said Scott, who was the number-one ranked amateur in the U.S. when he turned professional in 1999. Ive got a chance heading into Sunday, and that is all I can ask. I dont mind having to come from behind.I dont have to try to sleep tonight knowing I have a three-shot lead. I seem to play my best when I am doing the chasing.