Another day at work

KEN WIEBE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Though he tied the course record one day earlier, guarding against a letdown never entered the psyche of Mike Walton. Neither did breaking the course record.

Heading into the final round of the $200,0000 Canadian Tour Players Cup, Walton, who hails Indian Wells, Calif., holds a one-stroke lead over Wes Heffernan of Calgary and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.

"You've got to know that you're not going to match it. I had today to deal with and that was a tough task," said Walton, who tied the course record with a 62 on Friday and came back with a 71 yesterday to leave him at 10-under 203. "This is where you want to be but it doesn't matter where you are after three days.

"I'm trying to go out and play the same way every round. (Today) is just another day at work."

Walton showed some emotion, pumping his fist after draining a tester for par on his final hole.

"I don't know where that came from, it just came out," said Walton. "That was a big putt and I love making putts on 18."

Scott made the hardest charge yesterday, carding a bogey-free round of 5-under 66 that included five birdies and 13 pars.

"I put myself in good position," said Scott, who chipped in for birdie on 11 to give him a kickstart. "I haven't been in the hunt too much out here, but I won on the Tar Hell Tour last year."

Though he wasn't really in contention, Scott shot a 64 in the final round in the Edmonton Open last week and that will give him some confidence going into today.

"It helps," said Scott. "I'm putting a little better. It's all about putting out here. Hopefully, they still go in (today)."

If the first three rounds were any indication, we're in for an exciting finish, since 24 players are within five strokes of the leaders and 33 are within six.

Rob Grube of San Francisco, Dale Vallely of Medicine Hat, Alta., and John Ellis of San Jose, a three-time winner on the Canadian Tour this season, are two shots back at 205.

Kris Wasylowich of Lethbridge, Alta., is in a group tied for seventh after shooting a 4-under 67 to get to 7-under 206.

A bogey on his final hole left him a bit frustrated, but he remains in position to take a run at his first professional victory.

"I'll probably have to shoot at least 6-under (today)," said Wasylowich, who won the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship in 2006 and 2007. "I've won some big tournaments in the past so being in the final groups isn't a problem. I'm probably more nervous when I'm teeing off early."

Rob McMillan of Pine Ridge is the low Manitoban, tied for 12th and just four shots off the pace.

For the most part, it was another pleasant day but with eight players left on the course late yesterday afternoon, play was suspended due to inclement weather, though it resumed 49 minutes later.


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