Length is proving to be a huge advantage at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s National Capital Open to Support Our Troops.
Canada’s Taylor Pendrith and American Sam Ryder are diminishing the defences of the 6725-yard Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario with their ability to hit the golf ball a long way, pushing the pair to the 54-hole lead.
Pendrith, a 24 year-old member of the Team Canada Young Pro Squad that averages nearly 340 yards a swat, had the solo lead by two strokes on Saturday before dunking a ball in the pond that fronts the green of the 350-yard finishing hole.
The resulting score of 65, along with his opening rounds of 69 and 64, leaves him in a share of the 54-hole lead with Ryder at -15.
“I played solid, hit the ball really well and made a lot of putts, so I can’t be too disappointed. It would have been nice to hit it in the fairway on 18 and a make a par, but that’s alright. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed tomorrow,” said Pendrith, who has been leaving himself some very short approaches on the par fours of the Hylands North Course. The results is that he has posted 20 birdies this week, almost 40% of the holes he has played.
Paired with another bomber, Ross Beal, they put on quite a show on Saturday.
“It was fun. We both hit it really far and we were both swinging very hard on almost every tee ball. He made five or six birdies and an eagle and I made nine birdies, so it was a lot of fun,” said Pendrith, a graduate of Kent State University.
Pendrith’s co-leader, who he will share a 1:10 p.m. tee-time with on Sunday, Sam Ryder, was equally pleased with his day.
“I played well all day and had a nice little stretch on 13 through 16. I was hitting it in the fairway and my irons were pretty good today,” said Ryder, who fired a third round 64.
The pair will be chased by twelve players who are within five strokes of the lead heading into the final 18 holes at Hylands. With the course giving up some low scores the finish could be a frantic one.
Rideau View Golf Club’s Lee Curry, a former Tour member playing on a sponsor’s exemption this week, shares 58th place at -1 (71, 69, 72).
The winner of the Cornwall Open earlier this year, Beon Yeong Lee of Montreal, is tied for 22nd after rounds of 69, 66, and 71.