LONDON, Ont. - Trevor Murphy birdied his final two holes to shoot a 3-under par 69 Saturday, giving him a one stroke lead heading into the final round of the Tour Championship of Canada.
Murphy finished up a second round of 66 in the morning after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday, then posted a 4-under par 32 on his back nine of the third round, and is at 15-under par 201.
Max Gilbert of St. Georges, Que., is one stroke back along with Alex Kang. Brock Mackenzie and Mark Hubbard are three strokes back.
Murphy is 51st on the Order of Merit and can't move inside the top five with a win, but would be able to sneak into the top 10. The top five players at end of the season earn Web.com Tour cards for 2014, while players finishing sixth through 10th get an exemption into the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School.
"If I play well tomorrow, I can bypass some Q-School, which is huge," said Murphy. "That could be a couple of weeks of tournament golf, so I'll definitely try to grind it out."
With a win Sunday, Murphy could move as high as ninth on the Order of Merit, Gilbert and Kang could finish as high as 12th, Mackenzie could finish as high as third and Hubbard could finish as high as first.
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