OAKVILLE, Ontario — Charley Hoffman birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 on Saturday at Glen Abbey to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open.
The 40-year-old Hoffman had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch that ended on No. 15, bogeyed the par-4 17th and rebounded with the two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.
“When you’re playing good, I always say golf is fairly easy,” Hoffman said. “It’s been a fun run the last month or two months — actually, all year — and it’s not very stressful, which is good. When you’re trying to make cuts, that’s when golf is hard. … Have my family out for the next five weeks. They are off for summer break. It’s been fun to hang out and go over to Europe with them and Canada. It’s been a good, fun summer vacation.”
Hoffman had a 17-under 199 total. He won the Texas Open last year for his fourth PGA Tour title.
“Anything can happen in the last four or five holes,” Hoffman said. “Guys can make eagles, birdies, bogeys. Anything can happen. Obviously, want to get off to a good start on the front nine and play the back nine the way I need to and see how it goes.”
Kevin Chappell was second. He bogeyed the 18th, hitting his third shot into the water.
Robert Garrigus matched the course record with a 62 to join Gary Woodland at 15 under. Garrigus had two eagles and six birdies to tie the Glen Abbey mark set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983, Greg Norman in 1986 and John Merrick in 2013.
“Kind of started off with that eagle on 2,” Garrigus said. “Missed the green short — like a 30-footer up the hill, through the rough — through the first cut and rolled on to the green and went in.
“Next hole, I stuffed it in there. I chipped in on the par 3 and stuffed it on the other par 3 and made it, and I chipped in on 8, and I’m just thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is going on right now. I’m not going to think about anything. I’m just going to keep going.'”
Garrigus finished before Hoffman started play.
“When you look at the board before I even tee off, someone shoots 62, you know the birdies are out there,” Hoffman said. “Perfect day here in Toronto to make some birdies and have some fun in front of the fans here.”
Woodland followed his second-round 63 with a 68.
Defending champion Jhonattan Vegas had a 67 to join Sam Saunders (67), Andres Gonzales (66), Tony Finau (66), Ryan Ruffels (68) and Brandon Hagy (69) at 14 under. Saunders is Arnold Palmer‘s grandson.
Second-round leader Martin Flores had a 72 to drop into a tie for 16th at 12 under.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson also was 12 under after a 68.
“I feel like the game’s starting to come back in good form,” Johnson said. “Other than a drive here and there, it was a really good day.”
Matt Kuchar shot a 70, leaving him tied for 41st at 7 under. Coming off a second-place finish in the British Open, he fought dizzy spells in the first round Thursday.
“It’s disappointing for sure,” DeLaet said. “You want to play well here. Maybe I was trying a little bit too hard. It was still fun. The crowds were awesome, and I’ve still got tomorrow.”