Hoff­man takes 1-shot lead at Cana­dian Open

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OAKVILLE, On­tario — Charley Hoff­man birdied the fi­nal hole for a 7-un­der 65 on Satur­day at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead into the fi­nal round of the RBC Cana­dian Open.

The 40-year-old Hoff­man had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on No. 15, bo­geyed the par-4 17th and re­bounded with the two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.

“When you’re play­ing good, I al­ways say golf is fairly easy,” Hoff­man said. “It’s been a fun run the last month or two months, ac­tu­ally all year, and it’s not very stress­ful, which is good. When you’re try­ing to make cuts, that’s when golf is hard. … Have my fam­ily out for the next five weeks. They are off for sum­mer break. It’s been fun to hang out and go over to Europe with them and Canada. It’s been a good, fun sum­mer va­ca­tion.”

Hoff­man had a 17-un­der 199 to­tal. He won the Texas Open last year for his fourth PGA Tour ti­tle.

“Any­thing can hap­pen in the last four or five holes,” Hoff­man said. “Guys can make ea­gles, birdies, bo­geys. Any­thing can hap­pen. Ob­vi­ously, want to get off to a good start on the front nine and play the back nine the way I need to and see how it goes.”

Kevin Chap­pell was sec­ond. He bo­geyed the 18th, hit­ting his third shot into the wa­ter.

Robert Gar­ri­gus matched the course record with a 62 to join Gary Wood­land at 15 un­der. Gar­ri­gus had two ea­gles and six birdies to tie the Glen Abbey mark set by Leonard Thomp­son in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in

1983, Greg Nor­man in 1986 and John Mer­rick in 2013.

“Kind of started off with that ea­gle on 2,” Gar­ri­gus said. “Missed the green short, like a

30-footer up the hill, through the rough — through the first cut and rolled on to the green and went in.

“Next hole, I stuffed it in there. I chipped in on the par 3 and stuffed it on the other par 3 and made it and I chipped in on 8, and I’m just think­ing, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is go­ing on right now. I’m not go­ing to think about any­thing. I’m just go­ing to keep go­ing.’”

Gar­ri­gus fin­ished be­fore Hoff­man started play.

“When you look at the board be­fore I even tee off, some­one shoots 62, you know the birdies are out there,” Hoff­man said. “Per­fect day here in Toronto to make some birdies and have some fun in front of the fans here.”

Wood­land fol­lowed his sec­ond-round 63 with a 68.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Jhonat­tan Vegas had a 67 to join Sam Saun­ders (67), An­dres Gon­za­les

(66), Tony Finau (66), Ryan Ruf­fels (68) and Bran­don Hagy (69) at 14 un­der. Saun­ders is Arnold Palmer’s grand­son.

Sec­ond-round leader Martin Flores had a 72 to drop into a tie for 16th at 12 un­der.

Top-ranked Dustin John­son also was 12 un­der af­ter a 68.

“I feel like the game’s start­ing to come back in good form,” John­son said. “Other than a drive here and there, it was a re­ally good day.”

Vi­jay Singh, at 54 the old­est player in the field, shot a 71 that left him 11 un­der. He won the

2004 tour­na­ment at Glen Abbey, beat­ing Cana­dian Mike Weir in a play­off.

Matt Kuchar shot a 70, leav­ing him tied for 41st at 7 un­der. Com­ing off a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Bri­tish Open, he fought dizzy spells in the first round Thurs­day.

Gra­ham DeLaet and Macken­zie Hughes, the only Cana­di­ans to make the cut, dropped out of con­tention. DeLaet (73) was 7 un­der, and Hughes (74) was 6 un­der.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for sure,” DeLaet said. “You want to play well here. Maybe I was try­ing a lit­tle bit too hard. It was still fun. The crowds were awe­some and I’ve still got to­mor­row.”

Ladies Scot­tish Open

IRVINE, Scot­land — Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Sei Young Kim topped the Ladies Scot­tish Open leader­board Satur­day af­ter an­other rainy, cold and windy day at Dun­don­ald Links.

Kim birdied the par-4 17th and par-5 18th in strong wind and rain for a 3-un­der 69, and Webb birdied the 17th en route to a 70. They were at 6-un­der 210. Sec­ond-round leader Cristie Kerr was third at 4 un­der af­ter a 73.

Kim had eight straight pars in the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions be­fore the clos­ing flurry. The South Korean player won the Lorena Ochoa Match Play in Mex­ico in May for her sixth LPGA Tour ti­tle.

Webb birdied three of the first seven holes and dropped strokes on 13 and 15 be­fore ral­ly­ing with the birdie on 17. The 42-year-old Aus­tralian won the last of her 41 LPGA Tour ti­tles in 2014 at the Founders Cup in Phoenix.

The Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open is next week at Kings­barns.

Se­nior Bri­tish Open

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer shot a bo­gey-free

6-un­der 65 on Satur­day at Royal Porth­cawl to take a four-stroke lead in the Se­nior Bri­tish Open.

The 59-year-old Ger­man star is in po­si­tion for his fifth vic­tory in the last 10 ma­jor cham­pi­onships. He had a 5-un­der 208 to­tal. Corey Pavin was sec­ond, also shoot­ing 65 in some af­ter­noon rain and wind gust­ing to 20 mph.

Langer has a record nine se­nior ma­jor ti­tles, win­ning the Re­gions Tra­di­tion and Se­nior PGA Cham­pi­onship in con­sec­u­tive weeks in May. He won by

13 strokes the last time the tour­na­ment was held on the south Wales course, fin­ish­ing at 18 un­der in 2014, and also won the 2010 event at Carnoustie.

Peter Lonard (67) was third at even par, and Miguel An­gel Jimenez (65), Steve Flesch (71) and Billy May­fair (71) were 1 over.

The As­so­ci­ated Press

CHIP­PING AWAY: Dustin John­son hits from the bunker on the tenth hole dur­ing the Cana­dian Open golf tour­na­ment Satur­day at Glen Abbey golf club in Oakville, On­tario. The top-ranked John­son was 12 un­der en­ter­ing to­day’s fi­nal round.

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