It was moving day at the Canadian Open and Rory McIlroy made the biggest move.
McIlroy put together a bogey-free scorecard Saturday at Hamilton Golf Club, shot a six-under par 64 and grabbed a share of the 54-hole lead.
“I can’t remember the last time I went without a bogey,” McIlroy said with a smile after his round. “I drove the ball much better than I did at the Memorial. I stayed there after missing the cut and worked on some things, worked on my wedges.”
McIlroy was in at 13-under then watched as Webb Simpson finished with 67 and joined him. Overnight leader Matt Kuchar’s 69 gave him a share.
Canada’s hopes on Sunday will be riding on Adam Hadwin, the country’s highest-ranked player. Hadwin’s 67 got him to 12-under, tied for second with Shane Lowry (66) and Brandt Snedeker. Snedeker, who shot 60 on Friday, cooled off considerably and shot nine strokes high with a 69.
Henrik Stenson’s 68 got him to 10-under.
Scoring was tougher thanks to more wind, firmer greens and tougher pin placement.