Thanks to a round of 6-under 66, Brandt Snedeker will take a one-shot lead over world No. 2 Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jared du Toit into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at Glen Abbey, where du Toit could make history.
Leaderboard: Snedeker (-9), du Toit (-8), Johnson (-8), Steve Wheatcroft (-7), Alex Cejka (-7)
What it means: Snedeker is an eight-time PGA Tour winner who came out on top at Glen Abbey in 2013 and last claimed victory this past February with arguably the round of the year through eventually unplayable winds at Torrey Pines. He’ll be joined in the final group by the 21-year-old du Toit, a British Columbia native and Arizona State Sun Devil who is looking to become the first amateur to win on Tour since fellow Sun Devil Phil Mickelson in 1991 and the first Canadian to win the national open since Pat Fletcher in 1954. Those two will be chased by Johnson, the second-ranked and arguably hottest player in the world following wins at the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone.
Round of the day: After a second-round 77, Wheatcroft followed up with the round of the week, an 8-under 64 that now has him tied for fourth, two shots back. The 38-year-old made eight birdies, two bogeys and an eagle. He played his final three holes 4 under par.
Best of the rest: Derek Fathauer made the 2-over cut on the number but rallied in Round 3 with a 7-under 65. The 2014 Web.com Tour champion made seven birdies without a single dropped shot.
Biggest disappointment: Playing in the final pairing with Johnson, long-hitting Luke List was 1 under through 11 holes before he completely unraveled with a double bogey at 12, a triple bogey at 14 and another double bogey at 17. A birdie at 18 resulted in a round of 5-over 77 and dropped him 27 spots down the leaderboard, leaving him seven off the lead.
Shot of the day: Without question, du Toit’s 40-foot eagle make on the 18th green to earn a spot in Sunday’s final starting time:
Quote of the day: “I’ll do everything I can to make sure he has a great experience out there tomorrow, and he won’t need much – he’ll have 20,000 people cheering for him.” – Snedeker, on du Toit