Tyler McCumber leads at suspended Freedom 55 Financial Open

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Tyler McCumber

McCumber, a 25-year old two-time winner on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the son of 10-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber

(Vancouver, B.C.) – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida’s Tyler McCumber reached 13-under par midway through his third round Saturday at the Freedom 55 Financial Open to open up a three shot lead before play was suspended due to darkness.

Saturday’s play, which was originally delayed 8 hours and 30 minutes due to rain, was suspended at 8:23 p.m., with round three set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at Point Grey Golf and Country Club on Sunday morning.

McCumber, a 25-year old two-time winner on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and the son of 10-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber, was ahead of Atlanta, Georgia’s Wade Binfield when play was called for the day.

“It’s more mental than physical,” said McCumber of overcoming the lengthy delay before the start of Saturday’s play. “For me, I have things that I do before every round that get me in a consistent mindest, so I did that and I was good to go.”

The University of Florida graduate has conditional status on the Web.com Tour this year after finishing 90th on the Money List last year, and as a result has struggled to find starts this season. McCumber joined this week’s field through a category for Web.com Tour members, and said he was grateful for the chance to compete this week.

“It’s definitely a groove that I haven’t been able to experience lately,” said McCumber, who chipped in on the fourth hole and holed out from a bunker on the eighth, both for birdies. “I’m stoked. It’s going to be a long day, and you have to stay patient and not get ahead of yourself. You have to embrace the fact that you’re going to have a chance to win a golf tournament, which is something that every one of us wants.”

One shot back of Binfield in a three-way tie for third at 9-under were Joseph Harrison, Talor Gooch and 36-hole co-leader Dan McCarthy.

KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW:

4.833: The stroke average on the par-4 16th hole, the toughest hole at Point Grey on Saturday.

55: Players left to complete round three on Sunday morning.

1.533: Tyler McCumber’s putting average midway through round three.

QUOTABLES:

“We just watched funny YouTube videos all day and tried to keep busy. I figured I could prepare to come out any time, but it was late in the day so I thought we would get in a few holes.” – Tyler McCumber on passing the time during the 8 hour, 30-minute delay Saturday.

“Those were good to save a few shots there. I’ve been missing them in the right places.” – McCumber on holing out from off the green on the fourth and eighth holes.

“Today was big in that I was able to go back to the hotel and not hang around the golf course all day. I think it’s a little bit easier to leave it at the golf course when you’re not here, and not get restless and impatient. I was able to leave it here, hang out with the guys, watch baseball and then come back and get ready to go.” – Wade Binfield on passing the time during the lengthy delay.

“Obviously, we’re not showing up to play in these golf tournaments if we don’t think that we can win. I knew my game was in pretty decent shape coming up here, but I wanted to see how it would be after these three weeks coming up here. You can’t come up here and expect to win; You can expect to put yourself in contention and give it your best effort, but to have a chance tomorrow is going to be nice.” – Binfield on having a chance to win Sunday.

NOTES:

Tyler McCumber

25-year old Tyler McCumber is the son of 10-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber.

In 2014, McCumber won twice on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and finished third on the Order of Merit to earn status on the Web.com Tour. Last year, McCumber finished 90th on the Web.com Tour Money List to retain conditional status.

McCumber is in the field this week playing out of a category for Web.com Tour members.

McCumber is looking to become the first player to win on both the Mackenzie Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Wade Binfield

Wade Binfield is making his 13th career start in his second season on the Mackenzie Tour. His best career finish is a T5 at the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops.

From 2010-2014, Binfield worked as a substitute High School teacher in Georgia.

Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy is making his 39th career start on the Mackenzie Tour this week. He has held membership in from 2009-2010 and since 2014.

In 2015, the 30-year old was 88th on the Order of Merit entering the Cape Breton Open last year and finished the week T4 to sneak inside the top 60 entering the Freedom 55 Financial Championship and retain exempt status for 2016.

His best career finish is a T3 at the 2014 Cape Breton Open.

Talor Gooch

Talor Gooch is beginning his second season on the Mackenzie Tour. In 2015, he recorded three top-10s in 12 starts, including a playoff loss at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.

Gooch played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State and was named an Honorable Mention All-American in his Junior season in 2013.

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