Canadians Have Ground to Gain at Bob Hope

Stephen Ames is top Canadian after three rounds of the Bob Hope Classic
Stephen Ames is top Canadian after three rounds of the Bob Hope Classic

The four Canadian contingent at this week’s Bob Hope Classic have some strokes to make up at the PGA Tour’s second full-field event of the year.

After three of five rounds the leaders are rookie Jhonnatan Vegas and his fellow long-bomber, Gary Woodland, each at 18 under par.

The north-of 49-cadre has Stephen Ames as their leader.  The Calgary resident is eleven under par and tied for 31st place.

Hovering near the cut line in a tie for 66th place is Vernon, B.C.’s Chris Baryla at seven under par.

Kingstonian Matt McQuillan will need a similar round to his first at the Bob Hope if he is to reach Sunday’s final round.  After an opening 65 he has struggled, following up with a 76 and a 73.  A last minute addition to the field, McQuillan will also be in the field next week in San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open.  It will be a big week for him.  Not only will it be his first chance to play alongside Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, he will also have an extra supporter in the crowd.  Lawrence “Laz” Hansen, the VP of Global Markets – Canada, for Sapient will be there as his newest sponsor.  The financial company is expected to have a brand position on McQuillan’s golf bag.  We’ll have more details when the company issues an official press release next week.

Trailing the pack for the Canadians is Mike Weir in his first tour event in a half year.  The 8-time PGA Tour winner is tie for 118th and at two over par will likely miss the cut unless he can follow his rounds of 75,75, and 71 with one of historic proportions.

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