Canadian David Hearn takes 54-hole lead at RBC Canadian Open


It’s been a long time coming for the Canadian faithful.

But David Hearn can change things on Sunday, when he will play to become the first Canadian to win the RBC Canadian Open since 1954. Hearn took a two-shot lead over Bubba Watson and Jason Day with a 4-under 68 Saturday at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.

Hearn struck quickly, making birdie on the second hole en route to playing the front nine in 3-under 32. He reached 16 under with consecutive birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 before dropping back with a bogey at 17. Hearn, a two-time runner up and 13-time top-10 finisher, is playing for his first PGA Tour victory.

Here’s a look at Hearn’s birdie at No. 15:

Day made a huge comeback on the back nine to earn a share of second heading into Sunday’s final round. A bogey-double bogey stretch put Day at 3 over for the day after making the turn, but he finished with birdies on six of his final seven holes to shoot a 69 and get to 13 under.

Watson once again took advantage of a reachable par 5, hitting an 18-footer for eagle at No. 13 en route to a 68.

Brooks Koepka and Michael Putnam are three shots back at 12 under.

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