Wisler Storms into Bay Mills Lead


BRIMLEY, Mich. -- Chris Wisler posted a 4-under 68 Saturday to cruise into the lead through three rounds of the Bay Mills Open Players Championship. He stands at 10-under-par 206 and leads by four strokes over four players at Wild Bluff Golf Course.
David Faught and Gary Pike shot matching rounds of 6-under 66 in the third round and are tied for second with amateur Jeff Cuzzort (71) and overnight leader Rob Oppenheim (73). That group is knotted at 6-under-par 210.
Wisler started out on fire with a pair of birdies in his first three holes. He took advantage of the par-5 ninth with his second birdie there in this tournament, although he made eagle at nine on Friday.
Then heavy wind blew through Wild Bluff and things changed.
'That wind really picked up on No. 9, and it was a different wind than the first two days. It was like playing a whole different golf course,' said Wisler. 'I've been driving the ball well all week, and it's all adding up for me right now. I really haven't put too much pressure on myself thus far.'
Wisler handled it with a birdie at the 10th, which gave him a five-stroke cushion, and another birdie at 11. He holed a 9-footer to save par at the 14th, but could not convert from 3 feet at the next hole and dropped his first stroke to par in 27 holes. Wisler parred his final three holes for the four-shot margin.
Wisler earned his second Canadian Tour title in March at the Barton Creek Challenge. The $36,000 first-place check would likely move him from 15th on the Order of Merit into the top-6 and that would get him an invitation to the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour in two weeks.
But Wisler would take a pass on the invitation as he is going to be in his friends' wedding that weekend. Despite his large lead and even though he won't be going to the Canadian Open, Wisler does not want to think about the winner's circle until the final putt drops Sunday afternoon.
'One thing about being in the lead is you can keep an eye on how everyone else is doing,' said Wisler, who also won the 2002 Lewis Chitengwa Memorial Championship. 'Guys showed today they can take it low out here. We'll have to wait to see how close they get before I worry about what I have to do.'
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