ISN – (August 10, 2014 – Ottawa, ON) – After shooting a 1-under 70 at Hylands Golf Club
on Saturday, Leicester, England’s Greg Eason will look to go wire-to-wire at the
FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN and earn his first PGA TOUR Canada win in Ottawa.
The 22-year old rookie countered three bogeys on the day with four birdies to jump
to 14-under par through three rounds at Hylands Golf Club, three strokes clear of
fellow Englishman Kelvin Day, Canadians Peter Campbell and Jordan Krantz and
American Jeff Dennis.
“I couldn’t do anything wrong the first couple of days. Today I hit some sloppy
shots. The short game was good and got me out of trouble a few times,” said Eason,
who pulled ahead of the field by as many as four shots before making one final bogey
following an errant drive at the 18th hole. “It would have been nice to par the
last. I didn’t hit it great today. It was a bit of a grind and it felt like a long
day, but I’m really pleased to get under par out of it and put myself in a good
position for tomorrow.”
The University of Central Florida grad finds himself in the final group for the
second time in three events on PGA TOUR Canada, after finishing one shot behind Wes
Homan at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel three weeks ago. With a
strong pedigree at UCF, where he was named an All-American as well as American
Athletic Conference Player of the Year in his final season, Eason says he expects to
be comfortable in the heat of battle on Sunday.
“I think that winning is winning, and contention is contention. Luckily I was able
to put myself in that position a few times in college, so I’m going to know what to
expect and hopefully I’ll be able to see it through,” said Eason, who won six times
in his four seasons in college. “I’ve kind of been there before in college, and it’s
still golf. I know we’re all professionals now, but it still is golf and you’re
still trying to put the ball in the hole, so hopefully it will be no different.”
Dennis, who calls Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home, was Eason’s closest pursuer late
in the day, but after a bad drive at the 18th, struck the flagstick with his third
shot and watched his ball spin off the green, leading to a bogey.
“I played steady. I got some good breaks in the beginning, and I guess it all evens
out after 18. I’m in the mix so all I can do is go out and play tomorrow,” said
Krantz, a native of Vermillion Bay, Ontario, briefly tied Eason for the lead at
13-under earlier in the day, but made double bogey at 18 to drop back into a tie for
second with fellow Canadian Peter Campbell of Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
Day will play alongside Eason in an all-English pairing on Sunday after shooting a
5-under 66. North Vancouver, British Columbia’s Eugene Wong, who shot a 10-under 61
on Friday to hold second place through 36 holes, fell to a 4-over 75 to drop to a
tie for 14th.
CAMPBELL’S PUTTER CHANGE LEADS TO SUCCESS THROUGH THREE ROUNDS
Baddeck, Nova Scotia’s Peter Campbell made the switch from a long to a short
putter before the FORCES & FAMILIES OPEN, and the results have paid off for
the 31-year old, who sits tied for second at 11-under after a 4-under 67 in round
“I’ve been hitting it great all year, it’s just my putter has been really killing
me. This week I’ve made a lot of putts, so confidence is rolling now, so I’ll just
try to keep it going,” said Campbell. “I played steady all day long. I didn’t get
myself into any trouble.”
Campbell has been a world traveler in 2014 after securing medalist honours at NEC
Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Q-School this winter. In seven starts there, he has
three top-25 finishes, including a T2 finish at the Mundo Maya Open. Campbell said
the experience has been ultimately helpful as he looks to make his way up the
“It’s been different. It’s been a lot of learning how to travel, managing my time.
I’ve got a wife and daughter back home, so that’s tough being away, but you manage
and deal with it the best you can. It’s been fun so far for sure.”
Weather: 28 degrees (23 degrees with Humidex). Partly cloudy. Winds W 12 km/h.
The last player to go wire-to-wire and win was Joel Dahmen earlier this year at
the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.
A summary of Greg Eason’s senior year at UCF: PING All-America selection,
All-Region Team (Southeast), American Athletic Conference Player of the Year,
won 3M Augusta Invitational and John Hayt Invitational
At 22 years, 1 month and 3 days old, Eason would be the youngest winner of the
PGA TOUR Canada era and the youngest winner since Eugene Wong at The Great
Waterway Classic in 2012.
Colombia’s Marcelo Rozo, twice a winner on NEC Series – PGA TOUR Latinoamérica,
played as a single in the day’s first group and shot a 6-under 65, tied for the
low round of the day with Jay Vandeventer, moving both players into a tie for
14th at 8-under.