Canada’s Hearn gets closer to win­ning Cana­dian Open

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

David Hearn moved into po­si­tion to be­come the first Cana­dian to win the Cana­dian Open in 61 years, tak­ing a two-stroke lead over Bubba Wat­son and Jason Day on Satur­day in Oakville, On­tario.

Hearn, from Brant­ford, On­tario, birdied the par-3 15th and par-5 16th but dropped a stroke on the par-4 17th and closed with a par for a 4-un­der-par 68 and a 15-un­der 201 to­tal at Glen Abbey.

Pat Fletcher, born in Eng­land, was the last Cana­dian win­ner in 1954 at Point Grey in Van­cou­ver. Carl Kef­fer is the only Cana­di­an­born cham­pion, win­ning in 1909 and 1914. Al­bert Mur­ray, a Cana­dian also born in Eng­land, won in 1908 and 1913.

Wat­son also had a 68, and Day shot 69. Wat­son ea­gled the par-5 13th, made a bo­gey on the par-4 14th and ral­lied with birdies on 16 and the par-5 18th.

Day, com­ing off a tie for fourth in the Bri­tish Open, dropped three strokes with a bo­gey on the par-4 10th and dou­ble bo­gey on the par-4 11th, then birdied six of the last seven holes.

LPGA TOUR: Lizette Salas shot a 7-un­der 64 to take a four-stroke lead in the Mei­jer LPGA Clas­sic in Bel­mont, Mich., putting her in po­si­tion for her sec­ond tour ti­tle.

The 26-year-old for­mer Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia player birdied Nos. 14-16 and closed her bo­gey-free round with two pars. She had a 16-un­der 197 to­tal at Blythe­field Coun­try Club. Lexi Thompson and Michigan na­tive Kris Ta­mulis were tied for sec­ond.

SE­NIOR BRI­TISH OPEN: In Sun­ning­dale, Eng­land, Colin Mont­gomerie shared the club­house lead with lit­tle-known Amer­i­can Marco Daw­son at 10 un­der, with nine holes of their third round still to play. Poor light sus­pended play five hours af­ter the de­layed start to the round.

EUROPE: In Cran­sMon­tana, Switzer­land, English golfers Matthew Fitz­patrick and Danny Wil­lett will carry a two-shot lead into the fi­nal round of the Eu­ro­pean­Mas­ters. . . .

In Troon, Scot­land, Suzann Pet­tersen shot a 2-un­der 70 in windy con­di­tions to take a twostroke lead in the Ladies Scot­tish Open.

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