Canadians having a ball

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

ANCASTER -- For the third consecutive day, Victor Ciesielski defied the odds, the gods, all sense of logic and extended his run of unbridled enthusiasm and gee-whiz charm into today's final round.

He wasn't the only Canadian amateur at the Open to be having a good time.

Richard Scott of Kingsville, the Canadian amateur champ, shot even-par 70 and like the effervescent Ciesielski, said he's having a ball.

"I had a lot of fun today. It's just being out there, there's definitely a different atmosphere on the weekend," Scott said when asked the best part of the day. "There's way more people.

"I was playing with Bill Glasson (a PGA Tour veteran), someone I grew up watching, and he came up to me and said he could be my father (the difference in ages). I mean you have people cheering and pulling for you. It's really cool."

While Ciesielski was colourfully dressed in his plaid pants, Scott wore the more traditional threads.

"I like 'em," he said of Ciesielski's pants. "But I'm supported by the RCGA and Adidas. I can't go to those pants. I'm more traditional."

As for his game.

"I need to make more putts for sure," he said. "(Yesterday) I had a chance to shoot lower. If the putting was good, I'd be right in there."

Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, a veteran on the Tour, shot the low round of the four remaining Canucks, a two-under 68 and is tied with Scott at 208.

He said he didn't inherit any of Mike Weir's fans after the little lefty failed to make the cut.

"I think they left with Mike," he said with a laugh. "Maybe they're out with David (Hearn) today."

Overall, Leggatt is pleased with the direction his game is going.

"My game's coming along good, I'm scoring better," he said. "I putted a little bit better than I did the first two days.

"Every week it's getting better and better. I've had some opportunities, a few weeks ago to win, so that was nice. I'm really happy with the way it's going."

Leggatt has made the cut in five of his past six tournaments earning $278,090 US, plus what he makes here, along the way.

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Hearn, meanwhile, was the lone Canuck to take a step backward as he shot one-over 71, but is tied with Ciesielski at 207 -- three under.

"I hit the ball well for most of the day," said Hearn, who hails from Brantford. "I'm happy to have made a few putts coming in."


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