Robert Garrigus Breaks Palmer’s 54-Hole Record at Canadian Open

Robert Garrigus broke Arnold Palmer’s 57-year-old three-round record at the Canadian Open as he takes a one-stroke lead into today’s final round.

Garrigus shot a 6-under 64 yesterday to finish 54 holes at 16-under 194, breaking the tournament record of 195 set by Palmer in 1955 at Weston Golf & Country Club in Toronto and matched by Dean Wilson in 2010 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto.

“Oops. Sorry, Arnie,” Garrigus said when told he had broken Palmer’s record in golf’s third-oldest championship.

Garrigus, who won his only PGA title in 2010, needed two putts for par on each of his final six holes yesterday to end at 16-under at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario.

“It was good to great,” Garrigus said of his putting during a televised interview. “I made a couple of long ones, which you need to make. When you make long putts and you’re in contention, it puts you up there. I didn’t have a three-putt and didn’t have a bogey.”

William McGirt fired a 66 to end 54 holes at 15-under par to stand in second place and Scott Piercy is third at 14-under 196.

“My legs are a little bit tired right now, and mentally I’m a little tired because of being in the mix last week and all week being right there, here,” said McGirt, who is playing in his 23rd event this year. “I just have to keep playing my game and take advantage of the opportunities that I get.”

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