After shooting even-par over his first nine holes, the 22-year-old went on to card a 4-under 67 and sits at 16-under 197 through 54 holes, six shots in front of Michael Harris (Troy, Mich.) and sponsor invite Cameron Yancey (Blackstone, Va.). David Hearn of Brantford, ON is alone in fourth spot at 9-under 204, while Chris Anderson of Covina, Calif., came in with a 67 to get within eight strokes.
Wisler, who joined the Canadian Tour at Winter Qualifying School last February, qualified for the Buy.Com Tours BMW Charity Pro-Am two weeks ago and wound up tied for tenth, earning $12,600. Saturday, he birdied four of his first five holes on the back nine to erase a two-shot Harris lead.
Ive played the back well these past three days, and hopefully I can do the same for all 18 holes Sunday, said Wisler, a two-time U.S. Palmer Cup team member. There werent a lot of easy pins out there, you really had to think your way around the golf course.
And while a six-shot cushion may seem insurmountable, Wisler isnt taking anything for granted as he goes in search of his first professional triumph.
Ill take it the same way I have every day, and stick to my game plan. Just hit fairways and greens, dont push anything, and I should be fine. But this course is set up for a low number, so no lead is big enough out here.
Harris, 24, stayed within striking distance but struggled on his way in, going 4-over through his last four holes, including a double-bogey on the par-4 finishing hole.
I got right off my rhythm, started hitting it in the rough and couldnt work any magic, said a frustrated Harris. If you cant hit it straight here, you see what happens.
Perhaps Yancey, who will be paired with Wisler Sunday, summed it up best when asked of his chances.
Its going to take a 62 out here tomorrow, he said. I think Ive got it in my bag, but Chris isnt giving up anything.
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