MacIntyre extends his lead after three rounds

The dream draws nearer as Robert MacIntyre's nearly ten-meter eagle putt on the seventeenth hole propels him ahead at the RBC Canadian Open, with just eighteen holes remainin

by Andrea Gussoni
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MacIntyre extends his lead after three rounds
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The dream draws nearer as Robert MacIntyre's nearly ten-meter eagle putt on the seventeenth hole propels him ahead at the RBC Canadian Open, with just eighteen holes remaining. The 27-year-old Scottish golfer dominates the leaderboard at a total score of -14, with his closest competitors trailing by four strokes.

In today's Italian evening, the left-handed player will embark on his quest for his first victory in 44 starts on the PGA Tour.

Robert MacIntyre, results

MacIntyre delivered a remarkable finish on moving day, commencing with his first bogey of the week.

He also dropped shots on the 8th, 9th, and 13th holes, interspersed with birdies on the par 5 fourth and tenth holes, sinking a putt from the edge of the green. However, it was in the final five holes that the Scotsman unleashed his prowess: five consecutive 'one putt' greens for an incredible sequence of three birdies, an eagle, and a par, resulting in a Saturday total of 66 (-4).

Trailing behind him in second place is a trio of undeniable talent at -10: Ryan Fox, Mackenzie Hughes, and Lanto Griffin. Fox had a strong start, claiming sole possession of the lead with -4 after the first five holes, but then struggled, ending with four bogeys and no other gains until the 18th hole, leaving him at even par (70).

Hughes, aiming to become the second consecutive Canadian to win the tournament on home soil, posted a 67 (-3) but with final regrets: missing the eagle putt on the 17th and dropping a shot on the 18th, otherwise, he would have been right on the leader's tail.

Finally, the top American in the rankings climbed eight positions thanks to his eighteen holes closed in 65. However, the standout performer of the day was Tommy Fleetwood, last year's runner-up, who crafted a powerful bogey-free round in 64 strokes (-6), surging 16 spots to fifth place at -9 alongside Americans Sam Burns (67), Trace Crowe (67), and Joel Dahmen (69).

Completing the top-10 at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club are the European duo of Frenchman Victor Perez and Englishman Aaron Rai, tied for ninth place with a score of -8. Two-time RBC Canadian Open champion Rory McIlroy is tied for 11th place after an impressive 65 in the third round, bringing him to -7.

The Northern Irishman won the last time the tournament was held at these latitudes in 2019, but barring sensational performances coupled with others' misfortunes, the Team Europe veteran will likely have to relinquish his crown.

Robert Macintyre Canadian Open
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