VANCOUVER -- It wasn't quite what Mark Calcavecchia had in mind but, at the end of the day, he was still looking down at the rest of the field in the Bell Canadian Open.
Calcavecchia began the third round of play yesterday with a five-shot advantage but, after his round of two-over-par 72, his lead has shrunk to a solitary stroke.
"Well, the good news is I hung in there and only shot two over without making any birdies," he said.
"But the bad news is, I was in a position to get it up there around nine or 10 under to put some space between myself and the rest of the guys.
"I guess it makes it more interesting for everyone else involved if I just loiter around here with the rest of the guys."
Calcavecchia sits alone at six-under-par, one shot ahead of Craig Barlow and Jesper Parnevik.
Tour rookie Ryan Moore is another shot back at four under, while Stephen Ames, Englishman Brian Davis, Vijay Singh and Jerry Kelly all are lurking at three under.
Ames shot up the leaderboard with a course-record tying 64 yesterday.
Barlow, a Tour journeyman, fired a 65 yesterday in a round that included an eagle on the driveable par-4 14th hole and a hole-in-one at the par-3 17th.
"I was probably blushing walking to the green," Barlow said of his ace.
"I had never gotten an ovation like that before. It was definitely something I will never forget."
Moore, who won the U.S. Amateur title in 2004, turned pro after the U.S. Open this year and will be contending for a championship for the first time as a pro.
He is from nearby Seattle and feels very comfortable among the tall sequoias of Shaughnessy.
"This is my favourite kind of golf course," he said. "You have to be patient and wait for it to happen."
Calcavecchia may have faltered somewhat yesterday, but he remains a solid veteran with 11 PGA Tour victories under his belt.