Nonetheless, Verplank is sending a message this week at the Bell Canadian Open.
Verplank, the first rookie to be a captains pick for the Ryder Cup, shot a 4-under 66 to take a sole possession of the lead entering the final round in Ile Bizard, Quebec.
'If I play my game and I'm doing well, I'm not going to worry about what the other guys are doing,' Verplank said. 'Hopefully I won't have to look at a leaderboard until the last hole. There's a lot of people close, but you can only take what the golf course gives you.'
Verplank stands at 11-under through 54 holes, one shot clear of Paul Gow and Dicky Pride, both of who bogeyed the par-4 18th.
Bob Estes is in fourth place at 9-under following a 67. 1985 U.S. Amateur champion Sam Randolph (65) and Sergio Garcia (65) are three back at 8-under.
Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a third-round 69 to move to 3-under for the tournament, eight shots off the lead.
'I'm surprised after starting the way I did to end up the way I am now,' said Woods, who was a first-round co-leader after shooting 65.
Pride started the third round at Royal Montreal with a one-shot lead over Canadian David Morland IV and Matt Gogel. Morland carded a disappointing 73 to drop six off the pace, while Gogel earned an early share of the lead at 10-under, only to post three bogeys and no birdies over his final 13 holes. Gogel shot 71 and fell to 7-under-par.
Pride, Verplank and Gow battled for the top position for the better part of the day. Pride bogeyed the par-4 4th to fall to 8-under, but reclaimed a share of first with an eagle at the par-5 6th.
Pride birdied the par-4 16th to move to 11-under, but missed the green at the home hole and was unable to save par.
The same held true for Gow. The Australian birdied the par-3 17th to climb to 11-under, but also missed the green at the 18th and made bogey.
Verplank birdied three of his first five holes Saturday to go along with a bogey at the par-4 2nd. He then birdied Nos. 10 and 13 to get to 11-under.
Like Gow and Pride, Verplank failed to hit the 18th green in regulation. But unlike his counterparts, Verplank chipped to a foot and tapped in for par.
Verplank is in search of his fourth career PGA Tour victory, and his first of the season. Gow, a tour rookie, is vying for win No. 1. He lost to Jeff Sluman in a playoff at the B.C. Open.
Pride is trying to win for the first time since the 1994 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
'Any time you win, it's always good,' Verplank said. 'I'm not worried about The Belfry right now. I'm just trying to play as well as I can.'
Full-field scores from the Bell Canadian Open