Gomez Taylor 54-Hole Leaders in Victoria


Canadian Tour-LargeVICTORIA, Canada -- Jaime Gomez fired a 6-under 64 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead after three rounds of the Times Colonist Open. He was tied atop the leaderboard with Craig Taylor, who shot 66, at 10-under-par 200.
Luke Hickmott, who gained status on tour through last week's Spring Qualifying School, posted a 2-under 68. He is alone in third place at 9-under-par 201.
Will Yanagisawa, who was medalist at Q-School last week, notched a 65 to move into a tie for fourth at minus-8. He was joined there by Brian Guetz.
Gomez, who won the Corona Mazatlan Classic earlier this year, carded two birdies on the front nine at Uplands Golf Club to get to 6 under.
The 38-year-old ran off three straight birdies from the 10th to move to the top of the leaderboard. Gomez birdied the par-3 14th, before parring his final four holes to share the lead.
'You have to have a lot of things go your way to win a golf tournament,' Gomez said. 'You have to take each day as it comes. My approach on Sunday will be the same as any other round. Get a feel for the round, see where it is going and we'll see where I am when it's all over.'
Taylor, who best finish on tour was a second place finish at the 2004 Montreal Open, parred his first six holes Saturday. He then dropped in back-to-back birdies from the seventh to move to 8 under.
The 26-year-old moved to 10-under with birdies on the 10th and 12th. Taylor tripped to a bogey on 13, but came back with a birdie on the 15th. He finished with three pars in a row to end at minus-10.
'This game hasn't been as fun as it should be for me lately,' said Taylor. 'There's no sense putting any pressure on myself. I'll go out there, hit it, find it and hit it again. I didn't make many mistakes.'
Amateur Craig Doell posted a 4-under 68 on Saturday. He is tied for sixth with Derek Gillespie, Wes Heffernan and Anders Hultman at 7-under-par 203. Scott Hawley and Peter Tomasulo are one stroke further back at minus-6.
Craig Matthew, who shared the second-round lead with Hickmott, struggled to a 3-over 73. He fell into a tie for 15th at 4-under-par 206.
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