Scott Clings to Lead in Sarnia


Canadian Tour-LargeSteve Scott of Wellington, Fla. held off a late charge from several players Saturday and will carry the lead into the final round of the Canadian Tours $200,000 Bayer Championship.
The 24-year-old Scott, who took a one-shot cushion into play Saturday, maintained the lead with a 3-under-par 68 for a three-day total of 199, one stroke better than Dave Pashko (Richmond Hill, ON), Jace Bugg (Henderson, Kent.) and Steve Pleis (Parrish, Fla.). Five others, including David Hearn of Brantford, ON and Norm Jarvis (Surrey, BC), are two shots off the pace.
Coming off a second round in which he needed just 20 putts en route to an 8-under 63 at Huron Oaks Golf Club, Scott, the 2001 TELUS Vancouver Open champion, didnt have as easy a time Saturday. He temporarily fell out of the lead midway through the round after back-to-back bogeys dropped him to 12-under. At one point Saturday afternoon, seven players were tied for the lead at 13-under, with another six just a shot back.
I thought I played decent today, but I threw a couple of shots away, said Scott. I made a few putts to get it back, but I wanted to extend my lead a bit. I just couldnt do it.
With 15 players within four shots of the lead after the third round, Scott, after winning a six-man playoff in Vancouver back in June, knows he will be in tough on Sunday.
I cant focus on what anyone else doesunfortunately you cant play defense in this game. It will be a dogfight tomorrow, but I think it might take 20-under to win this thing. The good thing is, even though there are a lot of guys close, Im still in the lead-they have to catch me.
Pashko, who will be teamed with Scott in the final pairing on Sunday, was happy with his late tee time for the final round.
You know me - I always like to sleep in, he laughed. There were no bogeys today, so I guess after ten years on Tour, you learn. But you cant even stay in a tournament anymore if you shoot over par.
Following a few weeks in which he struggled with his swing, Bugg, who sits eighth on the McDonalds Order of Merit, seems to be regaining the touch that led him to a win earlier this year at the South Carolina Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ive been playing well enough to stay in contention, and I didnt expect anything less, said Bugg. Theres 15 guys who could win this tournament - its one day, whoever plays the best will do it.
Players, organizers, spectators and volunteers observed a minute of silence Saturday to remember the victims of Tuesdays attacks on the United States, and a similar tribute is planned before play Sunday.
Full-field scores from the Bayer Championship