Adam Cornelson builds three shot lead in Victoria

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Victoria, B.C.) – Langley, British Columbia’s Adam Cornelson shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday at Uplands Golf Club to take the 54-hole lead at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist, the second event of the 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.

Cornelson, a 28-year old in his sixth season on the Mackenzie Tour, reached 15-under through three rounds to lead by three shots over Cibolo, Texas’ Jeff Rein heading into Sunday.

“This is what we prepare for. If you want to make the PGA TOUR, you have to do a lot of this, so I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing. As cliché as that sounds, I’m looking forward to doing it tomorrow,” said Cornelson.  

Cornelson’s total of 195 strokes through three rounds ties the lowest first 54 holes of the PGA TOUR era on the Mackenzie Tour, matching Brock Mackenzie in 2014 and Chris Williams in 2015, both at the ATB Financial Classic.

Starting the day tied for the lead, Cornelson began slowly, going 1-over for his first five holes, but bounced back with a birdie-eagle-birdie-par-birdie stretch on holes 6-10 to take control of the lead. After three more birdies on holes 13, 15 and 17, Cornelson was ahead by three over Rein, who carded a 66.

“The birdie before the eagle, that’s probably the hardest hole on the golf course, around 460 into the wind. I hit driver, 5-iron to five or six feet made it, and that really got me going,” said Cornelson.

With the first 54-hole lead of his Mackenzie Tour career waiting on Sunday, the University of New Orleans grad once again refused to get too far ahead of himself.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a long day, but I’ll be prepared for it and go after it one shot at a time,” said Cornelson.

Two shots behind Rein in solo third was Edmond, Oklahoma’s Taylor Moore, who is making his pro debut this week. Seven players – Hunter Hamrick, Ben Polland, Chris Evans, Dan McCarthy, Brad Clapp, Seann Harlingten and Wil Bateman – were three shots further behind in a tie for fourth at 7-under.

Third Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):

Adam Cornelson – 64-67-64 (-15)

Jeff Rein – 64-68-66 (-12)

Taylor Moore – 69-66-65 (-10)

KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW:

195: Adam Cornelson’s three round total, the lowest 54-hole start in Mackenzie Tour history

79.6%: Adam Cornelson’s Greens in Regulation through three rounds, tied for fourth in the field. 

27: Adam Cornelson’s putts per round, tied for second in the field.

NOTES:

Adam Cornelson

Adam Cornelson is making his 52nd career start on the Mackenzie Tour this week. In 2015 he finished 94th on the Order of Merit after making five cuts in 11 starts, but regained exempt status through the first four events of the year with a T9 finish at the British Columbia Qualifying Tournament.

Cornelson has finished in the top-25 in each of the last four seasons in Victoria, with a career-best T13 finish coming in 2013.

Cornelson’s previous best position through 54 holes on the Mackenzie Tour was T2 at the 2014 Wildfire Invitational, where he went on to shoot a final round 70 and finish T5.

Cornelson’s three-day total of 195 represents a tie for the lowest 54-hole start in the PGA TOUR era on the Mackenzie Tour. The lowest 54-hole total in all-time Tour history is 192 by Brian Unk at the 2009 Seaforth Country Classic.

Jeff Rein

Jeff Rein is making his 13th career start on the Mackenzie Tour this week. In 2015, he finished 96th on the Order of Merit with a season-best T21 at The Wildfire Invitational. He regained status with a solo 4th place finish at the British Columbia Q-School in 2016.

This week marks the first time Rein has been inside the top-10 entering the final round at a Mackenzie Tour event.

Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore is making his first career start on the Mackenzie Tour. The 22-year old finished his NCAA career with a T26 finish at the NCAA Championships last week.

Moore was named a 2014 Honorable Mention All-American and was the 2012-13 SEC Freshman of the Year.

Moore earned exempt status through the first four events of the year with a T9 finish at the British Columbia Q-School earlier this month.

QUOTABLES:

“It’s been a quick transition, but it’s been good. A lot of guys they want to make the cut or be in contention, and I just wanted to do that, keep playing golf and try to execute my gameplan. It was a cool feeling. I’ve playing with some good guys and that’s helped me stay calm, and I’m just going to try to keep hitting shots and making putts.” – Taylor Moore on making his pro debut this week.

“I had a chance in Peterborough last year to see my name up on the leaderboard, and I birdied one and two today to start, so I knew that I moved up real quick. I got the nerves going and saw how I reacted, and and even this year at Q-School being in the final group the final two rounds, I had that feeling of having a chance to win and knowing how to deal with my body.” – Jeff Rein on reacting to the pressure of being in contention.

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