Gangluff Grabs Top Spot in Mexico


Canadian Tour-LargeMAZATLAN, Mexico -- Stephen Gangluff posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead of the Corona Mazatlan Classic. He stands at 14-under-par 202 and is one ahead at El Cid Golf & Country Club.
Canadian Tour rookie Wil Collins is alone in second place after a third-round, 6-under 66 on Saturday. He finished 54 holes at 13-under-par 203.
Michael Harris, last year's Canadian Tour money leader, fired a 7-under 65 in round three. He is tied for third place with overnight leader Chris Wall, who shot a 1-under 71, at minus-11.
Gangluff flew out of the gate on Saturday with three birdies in his first five holes. He added another birdie at the par-5 seventh, a hole he has birdied each round, to make the turn at 4-under 32.
Gangluff started the second nine in a similar fashion to the first nine as he birdied 10 and 12. He dropped a shot at the par-4 16th - a hole he has bogeyed the last two days.
On the 18th, Gangluff lost his drive. The ball smacked into a tree, bounced back into the fairway and allowed Gangluff the chance to save par. He did and will be in search of his second win on the Canadian Tour.
'It's just been one of those weeks,' admitted Gangluff, who captured the 2004 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship. 'I know I've played well, but it never hurts to catch those breaks. I felt I still left a few out there. I had some good looks on the back nine, but I'm not going to complain.'
Gangluff is enjoying a strong season so far in 2006. He held the 54-hole lead at his last event in California, but ultimately tied for fourth, his second top-five of the season.
'If I keep getting myself in contention, eventually I'm going to break that ice,' said Gangluff. 'It's the law of averages. It's just a matter of doing what I can Sunday. I'll give it my best and we'll see if it's enough.'
Brian Miller and Michael Walton both carded rounds of 2-under 70 on Saturday and share fifth place with Tyler Erickson, who posted a 69. The trio is knotted at 10-under-par 206.
Josh Habig shot a one-under 71 and is alone in eighth place at minus-9.
Adam Short (67), Rob Oppenheim (69) and Kevin Pom Arleau (74) are tied for ninth at 7-under-par 209.
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