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Canada's Adam Hadwin one shot back at 2011 RBC Canadian Open

07/23/2011

- News and notes from Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club -

Vancouver (Golf Canada) – Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., trails Bo Van Pelt by a single stroke heading into Sunday’s final round of the 2011 RBC Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.

Hadwin, who holds sole possession of second place, carded a 2-under par 68 on Saturday that featured birdies on No. 1, No. 3, and again on No. 4  to start an impressive third round. The 23-year-old Canadian Tour member earned low Canadian honours at last year’s RBC Canadian Open in Toronto with a T37 finish.

“Just a good solid round. Hit a lot of good shots. Picked my targets appropriately,” said Hadwin. “When I got in trouble, I didn’t try to do anything stupid and then made some putts…It’s been a fantastic week so far. Just got to do the same thing tomorrow.”

Hadwin will be looking to become the first Canadian in 57 years – Pat Fletcher in 1954 – to win Canada’s National Open Championship. 

Van Pelt, whose lone PGA TOUR victory came at the 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, shot a 5-under par 65 to sit at 5-under par for the tournament. Van Pelt converted seven birdies on the day, six of which came on the back-nine. Earlier this season, the 36-year-old former Oklahoma State standout registered a T8 finish at The Masters and placed T11 at the AT&T National.

“I was hitting the ball really well on the front and not scoring,” said Van Pelt. “I just felt like if I kept hitting it like that I could shoot a couple under maybe on the back nine and give myself a chance on Sunday…I played really solid on the back nine and I didn’t miss a fairway, and I was just able to convert some putts.”

Tied for third are Argentinian Andres Romero and American Kris Blanks, both at 3-under par. Americans Sean O’Hair and John Daly as well as Australians Geoff Ogilvy and  Aron Price are tied for fifth, each at 2-under.

David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., is T24 at 2-over par after carding a third round score of 4-over par 74, while Matt McQuillan sits T45 at 5-over par after posting a 4-over par 74. Dustin Risdon of Calgary is T69 at 10-over par and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., is T71 at 11-over par for the tournament.

The following are third-round Canadian scores from the 2011 RBC Canadian Open field. 
(7,010 yards, Par 70)

2 – Hadwin, Adam, Abbotsford, B.C. 72-66-68 – 206 (-4)
T24 – Hearn, David, Brantford, Ont. 70-68-74 – 212 (+2)
T45 – McQuillan, Matt, Kingston, Ont. 68-73-74 – 215 (+5)
T69 – Risdon, Dustin, Calgary, Alta. 75-69-76 – 220 (+10)
T71 – Fritsch, Brad, Manotick, Ont. 71-70-80 – 221 (+11)
--- CUT ---
CUT – Taylor, Nick, Abbotsford, B.C. 71-74 – 145 (+5)
CUT – Wallace, Darren, Langley, B.C. 73 – 73 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Baryla, Chris, Vernon, B.C. 74-72 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Choi, Albin (a), Toronto, Ont. 74-72 – 146 (+6)
CUT – Ames, Stephen, Calgary, Alta. 72-75 – 147 (+7)
CUT – Sloan, Roger, Merritt, B.C. 73-76 – 149 (+9)
CUT – Wong, Eugene (a), North Vancouver, B.C. 74-76 – 150 (+10)
CUT – Hill, Matt, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 72-78 – 150 (+10)
CUT – Bunker, Dave (a), Woodbridge, Ont. 79-75 – 154 (+14)
CUT – Evanecz, Mitchell (a), Red Deer, Alta. 79-77 – 156 (+16)
CUT – Hutton, Brian, Burlington, Ont. 79-77 – 156 (+16)
WD – Weir, Mike, Bright’s Grove, Ont. 74-WD
(a) – denotes amateur

FINAL-ROUND PAIRINGS
Final-round parings can be found online here.

The television broadcast for the final round of the 2011 RBC Canadian Open is as follows:
Sunday, July 24  12:00 – 3:00 pm    Global / CBS

TICKETS FOR THE 2011 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
RBC Canadian Open tickets can be purchased onsite at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. For more information call 1-800-571-6736 or visit www.rbcanadianopen.com.

ABOUT THE 2011 RBC CANADIAN OPEN
An exciting new era has arrived for Canada's national championship. Part of the FedEx Cup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $5.2 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 18-24, 2011 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.  Established in 1904, the tournament is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Bell, BMW Group Canada, C.F.F Stainless Steels, Corona Extra, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, The Globe and Mail, Mike Weir Wine, LG, WagJag.com and Reader’s Digest. For updated ticket and tournament information please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736.

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In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada’s top golfers to showcase their talents.

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