Calgary’s Wes Heffernan made six birdies in Thursday’s third round – his highest total of the week – to turn a two-stroke lead into a five-shot margin over Jim Rutledge at the BetRegal PGA Championship of Canada at Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. “
The reason they’re cliches is because they’re true,” said Heffernan after firing his second consecutive round of three-under 69 in Thursday’s third round.
“Just going to play my own game, mot going to worry about the other players around me,” he said.
“As hard as it is, you can’t get ahead of yourself,” said Heffernan, who is looking to claim his first career P.D. Ross Trophy after Friday’s final round.
“Any time you have the lead, you can’t start thinking about that lead or thinking about the results at the end of the tournament. It’s about living in the moment,” he said.
Heffernan speaks from experience. On top of claiming the 2019 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada, he has won the Alberta Open six times and made the cut at the 2011 U.S. Open.
Heffernan started Thursday’s round with a bogey, but he quickly gained that stroke back with a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole.
He added three more birdies, before making bogey on both the 13th and 14th holes, Heffernan quickly bounced back with birdies on the 15th and 16th, which he calls “the hardest hole on the golf course.” “I cut a five iron to six feet. I’ve hit three good five irons on that hole this week,” said Heffernan.
“As soon as I stepped up to that hole during the practice round, I thought it was one of the best par threes I’ve ever played. It fits my eye and it’s a tough shot, but I love stepping up there and trying to hit a good shot,” he said.
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