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|Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:00 am Post subject: Rodriguez Takes 1 Shot Lead Into Times Colonist Final Round
|Jose Rodriguez Takes One Shot Lead into Final Round of the
Times Colonist Island Savings Open
- Canadian Dustin Risdon Sits One Shot Back of Lead -
2011 Time Colonist Island Savings Open - Saturday, June 4, 2011
Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, BC
June 2-5, 2011
Purse: $200,000 ($32,000)
Weather: Mainly Sunny. High of 21. Winds 9 km/ph.
JJ Rodriguez, Irapuato, MX 70 - 67-70-65 (-9)
Dustin Ridson, Strathmore, AB 67-69-66 (-8)
Garrartt Sapp, Cerritos, CA 70-68-65 (-7)
Wes Homan, Cincinnati, OH 68-71-64 (-6)
Brock Mackenzie, Yakima, WA 72-66-67 (-5)
Ryan Yip, Calgary, AB 70-67-68 (-5)
Dodge Kemmer, Montana View, CA 69-68-68 (-5)
Robbie Greenwell, Georgetown, ON 67-70-69 (-4)
(Victoria, BC., June 4, 2011) - Mexican PGA Champion Jose de Jesus Rodriguez has jumped into the lead at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open after posting a 6-under-par round of 64. Rodriguez, who is one of Mexico's top players, is starting to solidify himself as a player to be reckoned with on the Canadian Tour. Rodriguez made 7 birdies on Saturday to go along with one bogey.
"I played very very good today," said Rodriguez. "I hit the driver well and my short game was very solid all day," added Rodriguez, who has been working on his short game extensively in the last month.
Rodriguez is looking to match Aaron Goldberg as the last player to win back-to-back events on the Canadian Tour. Goldberg, who holds status on the Nationwide Tour, won the 2010 Players Cup hosted by Jonathan Toews followed by the 2010 Janes Rogers Championship.
"It would be great to win again tomorrow," said Rodriquez, who loves playing in Canada. "The people here are extremely friendly and I'm enjoying Victoria a lot," said Rodriguez who chose to play in Kamloops next week in favour of a Mexican PGA tournament.
A win tomorrow would push Rodriguez's yearly earnings over $50,000. More importantly a win would pretty much guarantee him one of the six spots in the RBC Canadian Open that are reserved for Canadian Tour members following The Players Cup.
Sitting in second place one shot behind Rodriguez is Dustin Ridson of Strathmore, AB. Risdon who, began the day in second place behind Wes Heffernan, shot a solid round of 4-under-par which included 5 birdies and 1 bogey.
"I stuck to the game plan again today and tried to hit as many fairways and greens as I could," said Risdon, whose only bogey came on the par 3 fourth hole. "I putted really well today and that was the difference in my round," added Risdon, whose last win came at ATB Financial Classic last season in Edmonton.
Risdon will be looking to win his fourth Canadian Tour event beginning at 12:30 PM PST tomorrow in the final pairing with Rodriguez. Risdon can become the first Canadian to win the Times Colonist Island Savings Open since Craig Taylor accomplished that feat in 2005.
"It will be nice to have the crowd behind me tomorrow," said Risdon who now resides in New Mexico. "The crowds here are usually pretty good and I expect tomorrow to be no different," added Risdon whose previous Canadian Tour wins have all come in his home province of Alberta.
Wes Homan a Canadian Tour rookie from Cincinnati, OH matched the round of the day with a 6-under-par 64. Homan made a run on the back nine that included an eagle and three birdies. He will join Garratt Sapp in the penultimate pairing at Uplands Golf Club tomorrow. Sapp, a California native shot 5-under-par 65 today to vault up the leaderboard.
Defending Champion Brock Mackenzie let a good round get away from him today but managed a 3-under-par round of 67 which will keep him in the mix heading into Sunday. Mackenzie was atop the leaderboard early in the day after birdies on four of his first eight holes. A costly double bogey on the 200-yard par 3 ninth hole set Mackenzie back and ultimately cost him a spot in the final pairing. Mackenize will be joined by Canadian Tour winner Ryan Yip in the third last pairing which tees off at 12:12 local time.
- Garratt Sapp was assessed a one stroke penalty for moving the ball at address on the 15th hole
- Rick Gibson of Victoria shot 2-under-par 68 today and sits six shots back of the lead
- Wes Heffernan struggled with the flat stick today accumulating 36 putts
- The scoring average at Uplands on Saturday was 70.43
- The first tee time tomorrow is 7:24 AM PST