Billy Kennerly takes commanding lead at Canadian Amateur
Billy Kennerly
Billy Kennerly

TORONTO, Canada — Billy Kennerly already has a spot in next week's U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club. The Canadian Amateur winner receives an automatic exemption into the event, but Kennerly, with a four-shot lead, will be looking simply for the prestige of winning — and a chance to play in a PGA Tour event.

Kennerly, the graduated Clemson University golfer, fired 69 on day three, after consecutive rounds of 68 to open the event, to take a commanding four-shot lead into Thursday's final round at Weston Golf & Country Club. The winning player will join PGA Tour professionals at next year's RBC Canadian Open.

Patrick Murphy of Canada is four shots behind, while first and second-round co-leader Ben Eccles of Australia is in third place five back. Both Murphy and Eccles do not yet have a spot at Olympia Fields.

Tragically, Eccles made a quadruple-bogey on his final hole of the day. Otherwise, he would be within just one of Kennerly heading to tomorrow's final round.

More to come in a full story from Golf Canada later this evening.

Results For Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Championship
1GABilly KennerlyAlpharetta, GA70068-68-69-70=275
T2CanadaGarrett RankCanada50067-73-74-67=281
T2MAJake ShumanNeedham, MA50070-71-72-68=281
T2CanadaHugo BernardCanada50075-68-69-69=281
5CAKevin DeHuffCoto De Caza, CA40069-74-72-67=282

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ABOUT THE Canadian Amateur

National Championship of the Royal Canadian Golf Associtation, the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 300,000 members nationwide.

In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, nine national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf.

Starting in 2008, the format of the tournament has changed from match play to 72 holes of stroke play.

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