Shaw Charity Classic R2

Steve Flesch takes 1-shot lead

August 30 – September 01
Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
$2,350,000
Round 1, Round 3


Steve Flesch wasn’t as sharp on the greens, yet still managed to move into first place at the Shaw Charity Classic.


After coming within a shot of the course record with an opening 62 at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Flesch carded a 2-under 68 on Saturday for a one-stroke lead at 10 under in the PGA Tour Champions event.

”Today I played just as well as yesterday, but I didn’t hole any putts,” said Flesch, who had a chance at eagle on the par-5, 18th hole, but settled for birdie. ”Hopefully I’ll convert some more birdies, because I expect it will take a pretty good round to win.”

Flesch’s birdie on the final hole of the par-70, 7,086-yard layout gave him a one-shot lead over Tom Gillis and Wes Short Jr. heading into Sunday’s final round.

”I’m surprised I’m leading,” Flesch said. ”I expected if I shot 2 under today, I would have lost some ground.”


Gillis made six birdies on his front nine and played his final nine in par for a round of 6-under 64.

”The first hole, I hit it right of the green and I was like, here we go again, and then chipped it in, which none of that’s been happening,” said Gillis, who admitted he’s been struggling with his game all season. ”So, that’s kind of how it started. It put me in a good frame of mind.”

Gillis moved from 21st place into a tie for second spot with Short at 9 under.

”I’m going to try to do whatever I did today, that’s it,” Gillis said. ”Not overthink it and play free, just go from there. We’ll see what happens. I don’t really have any expectations the way the year’s been so far.”

Short birdied the 18th to get into Sunday’s final grouping with Flesch and Gillis.

”I like the course, it suits me well,” said Short, who followed an opening 64 with a 67. ”I’ve got a chance to win the tournament. That’s all you want going into the last day.”

Tom Byrum had a 69 and was alone in fourth place at 8 under.

Michael Bradley, who tied the course record with an opening 61, was in a seven-way tie for fifth at 7 under. Included in the logjam were two-time Shaw Charity Classic champion Scott McCarron (69), Corey Pavin (67). Gibby Gilbert (63), Ken Duke (68), Tim Petrovic (69) and Billy Andrade (69).


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Steve Flesch
-10
62
68
130
T2
Tom Gillis
-9
67
64
131
T2
Wes Short, Jr.
-9
64
67
131
4
Tom Byrum
-8
63
69
132
T5
Corey Pavin
-7
66
67
133
T5
Gibby Gilbert III
-7
70
63
133
T5
Ken Duke
-7
65
68
133
T5
Scott McCarron
-7
64
69
133
T5
Tim Petrovic
-7
64
69
133
T5
Billy Andrade
-7
64
69
133
T5
Michael Bradley
-7
61
72
133
T12
Bernhard Langer
-6
68
66
134
T12
Doug Garwood
-6
66
68
134
T12
Mark Brooks
-6
64
70
134
T12
Retief Goosen
-6
64
70
134
T16
Woody Austin
-5
68
67
135
T16
Rocco Mediate
-5
68
67
135
T16
Joe Durant
-5
67
68
135
T16
Frank Lickliter II
-5
70
65
135
T16
Scott Parel
-5
70
65
135
T16
Dan Forsman
-5
64
71
135
T22
Lee Janzen
-4
69
67
136
T22
Chris DiMarco
-4
68
68
136
T22
Paul Goydos
-4
69
67
136
T22
Bart Bryant
-4
67
69
136
T22
Mark O’Meara
-4
67
69
136
T22
Ken Tanigawa
-4
66
70
136
T22
Kirk Triplett
-4
71
65
136
T22
David Morland IV
-4
64
72
136
T22
Shaun Micheel
-4
65
71
136
T31
Jay Haas
-3
68
69
137
T31
David McKenzie
-3
68
69
137
T31
Vijay Singh
-3
68
69
137
T31
Tom Pernice Jr.
-3
69
68
137
T31
Jesper Parnevik
-3
69
68
137
T31
Jeff Maggert
-3
67
70
137
T31
Michael Campbell
-3
66
71
137
T31
Darren Clarke
-3
71
66
137
T31
John Huston
-3
66
71
137
T40
Jeff Sluman
-2
68
70
138
T40
Colin Montgomerie
-2
67
71
138
T40
Stephen Ames
-2
67
71
138
T40
Doug Barron
-2
66
72
138
T40
Mike Goodes
-2
67
71
138
T40
Davis Love III
-2
65
73
138
T40
Paul Broadhurst
-2
71
67
138
T47
Brandt Jobe
-1
69
70
139
T47
Glen Day
-1
70
69
139
T47
Duffy Waldorf
-1
70
69
139
T50
Brett Quigley
E
68
72
140
T50
Greg Kraft
E
68
72
140
T50
Gene Sauers
E
69
71
140
T50
Russ Cochran
E
70
70
140
T50
Bob Estes
E
67
73
140
T50
Esteban Toledo
E
70
70
140
T50
Jerry Kelly
E
74
66
140
T57
David Frost
1
68
73
141
T57
Olin Browne
1
69
72
141
T57
Carlos Franco
1
69
72
141
T57
Billy Mayfair
1
67
74
141
T57
Jerry Smith
1
72
69
141
T62
Skip Kendall
2
69
73
142
T62
Steve Pate
2
67
75
142
T62
Brandel Chamblee
2
72
70
142
T62
Stephen Leaney
2
73
69
142
T62
Brian Cooper
2
74
68
142
T67
Blaine McCallister
3
69
74
143
T67
Steve Jones
3
71
72
143
T67
Tommy Armour III
3
73
70
143
T70
Michael Allen
4
70
74
144
T70
Grant Waite
4
71
73
144
T70
Joey Sindelar
4
72
72
144
T70
John Riegger
4
72
72
144
T74
Cliff Kresge
5
70
75
145
T74
Larry Mize
5
76
69
145
T76
Tommy Tolles
6
71
75
146
T76
Scott Pieri
6
74
72
146
78
Mark Calcavecchia
7
75
72
147