Richard Scott is on the verge of realizing his PGA dream since turning pro five years ago. The Kingsville, Ont., golfer is in a good position to advance to the final stage after shooting 4-under 68 at the Redstone Golf Club in Humble, Texas on Thursday to climb into a tie for fourth.
The three-time Canadian Amateur Champion had seven birdies including three of his final four holes. The top 20 and ties will advance after Friday's final round.
At TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, James Love of Calgary had five birdies, an eagle and a single bogey for a third round 66 to move into a tie for third. Two strokes back in a tie for 11th is Brad Fritsch of Ottawa after a round of 72. Will Mitchell of Whitby, Ont., went bogey-birdie on his final two holes to slip down into a tie for 13th while Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C. moved up into a tie for 19th with an eagle finish for a round of 69. Only the top 21 and ties will advance to the final stage. Dustin Risdon (69) of Strathmore, Alta., is tied for 37th, three shots outside the cut line. Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont., struggled to a 78 to fall into a tie for 58th while James Allenby of Langley, B.C., posted a 72 to sit in a tie for 62nd. Steven Lecuyer of Edmonton played the front nine in 8-over par en route to an 82 and a tie for 77th.
In Brooksville, Florida at the Southern Hills Plantation Club, Jon Mills of Belleville, Ont., birdied two of his final three holes for a third round 70 to leave him tied for 31st. He's three shots outside the cut line with one round to play. Dan Payton of Sutton Ont., shot a 73 and is tied for 51st along with Peter Laws of Mississuaga, Ont., who carded a 70 for the second straight day. Bryan DeCorso (74) of Guelph, Ont., and Mike Mezei (76) of Lethbridge, Ont., are 66th and 69th respectively.
At the Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, California, the trio of Stuart Anderson, Ryan Yip and Richard T. Lee continued to hold on to their top-10 standing through two rounds. Anderson of Fort McMurray, Alta, had a bogey-free round of 69 to leave him tied for second, five shots behind leader Daniel Summerhays. Vancouver's Lee also carded a 69 to sit in fifth place while Calgary's Yip is tied for seventh after a round of 72. Three birdies on his opening nine holes were wiped out with a disastrous triple bogey six on the par-3 sixth hole on his back nine. Wes Heffernan of Calgary is two strokes off the cut line in a tie for 28th after a round of 71. David McKenzie, an Australian who calls Victoria, B.C. his home, stumbled to a 79 which leaves him tied for 59th while Montreal's Lindsay Wilson (78) is 65th.
At the Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Florida, Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., stumbled to a second round 74 to leave him tied for 32nd. Only the top 21 and ties will advance to the final stage. It wasn't much better for David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont., who started the day tied for 19th but tumbled down into a tie for 42nd after a round of 76 which included six bogeys and a double bogey. Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., is tied for 62nd after a round of 74 and Andrew Parr of London, Ont., is tied for 74th after carding a round of 82 that included a pair of double bogeys and a quadruple bogey.
At the Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Florida, Mitch Gillis of Williams Lake, B.C., posted a second round 69 to leave him tied for 11th. Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, B.C. is tied for 66th after a round of 73 while Mitch Evanecz of Red Deer, Alta., had a 71 to sit in 73rd place. Only the top 20 and ties will advance to the next stage.