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Bubba, Day chasing Canada’s Hearn at RBC Canadian Open

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – RBC Canadian Open –Glen Abbey Golf Club – Ontario, Canada –

Canada’s David Hearn slept on the overnight led at his country’s national championship and heads into Sunday’s final round with history on his mind.

Hearn (15-under) tees off at 1:35 p.m. eastern time alongside two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (13-under) with an opportunity to become the first Canadian to win the nation’s championship in more than six decades.

The pressure gets worse as he’s also trying to win for the first time on the PGA Tour – he has a pair of playoff losses on his resumes thus far. Look for the last part of the back nine to play the pivotal role Sunday – as Glen Abbey Golf Club finishes with three par 5s in the final six holes.

Bubba, who looking for his third PGA Tour of the season after capturing the WGC-HSBC Champions last November and the Travelers last month, isn’t Hearn’s only threat Sunday as Aussie Jason Day also sits two back at 13-under, followed by Brooks Koepka at 12-under. All are long hitters and expected to score late in the round. Day and Koepka both have victories earlier this season.

Hearn opened the week at www.skybet.com as an 80-to-1 long shot to capture the Canadian Open. Day was the favorite at 8-1, while Bubba was listed at 16-1. Koepka, 23rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, was a 22-1 selection.

Look for Michael Putnam (12-under and T-4) to perhaps sneak into the mix late Sunday under the radar playing with Day. Putnam was T-4 at this tournament last season.

Other Golf news:

  • Danny Willett (17-under) shot bogey-free 65 Sunday to capture the Omega European Masters – edging former U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick by a shot.  Willett will crack the Top 30 in the world rankings thanks to his second European Tour title this season. It marked his third career victory. He was also third this year in the WGC-Match Play in March. He was a 16-1 betting pick heading into the week.
  • Suzann Pettersen (4-under) is two back at the Scottish Open on the Ladies European Tour heading Park headlines the field on the LETinto the final round. Lydia Ko is T-4 and five back. Both are tuning up for the RICOH Women’s British Open next week at Turnberry, Scotland.
  • Colin Montgomerie and Marco Dawson are 12-under and tied for the lead playing the front nine in the final round of the 29th Senior Open Championship. Bernhard Langer (11-under) is a shot back at Sunningdale Golf Club in England. All three players have won Champions Tour titles in 2015.
  • Lizette Salas (16-under) leads the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan by three shots at the moment. The final pairings are just beginning their final round action. Lexi Thompson is T-2, while So-Yeon Ryu and Gerina Piller are four back but within striking distance. Salas is trying to win for the second time in her career. She opened the week as a 66-1 long shot pick.
  • Dawson, a 50-1 betting selection, is trying to hold off favorites Monty (5-1) and Langer (6-1). Dawson, who did not win during his PGA Tour career, won earlier this season in March at the Champions Tour stop in Tucson, Arizona.