SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (July 9, 2011) -- Maxwell Marsico of Las Vegas remains the leader of the Amateur Championship after Round 3, shooting another impressive round to go twelve-under par for the tournament. But it was U.S. Open low amateur Patrick Cantlay who had the round of the day, recording six birdies and firing a six-under par, 65. He is now nine-under par overall and three-strokes behind Marsico.
“I played well today,” said Cantlay, who went on to say that he definitely has better than a 65 in him. “I’ll try and do that tomorrow.”
University of San Diego golfer Manav Shah of Bakersfield also made his way up the leader board, and finds himself in a tie with Cantlay after an impressive round of 67 for a three-round total of 207, nine-under par. Shah has recorded just one bogey in the tournament’s 54 holes.
“I played even par on the front and my putter got hot on the back, went four-under,” said Shah. “I’ve been trying to hit the green and give myself more opportunities to make birdie. If I do that, I give myself a good shot [to win].”
Marsico followed up rounds of 67-66 yesterday with a 68 today. The University of Pennsylvania golfer is becoming more and more comfortable with the San Gabriel CC course as the weekend progresses.
“It’s really just about putting the ball in the fairway,” said Marsico when asked what made him successful. “The greens are small so as long as you put the ball on the green, you give yourself a good shot at birdie.”
It would seem to be a three-man race headed into tomorrow, as Steve Lim of USC sits in fourth place, six-strokes behind the leader after firing a round of 66.
The final round of action begins tomorrow at 8 a.m., with Marsico and Cantlay teeing off at 9:39 a.m. Shah will play with Lim, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
"I think you just have to take it one shot at a time,” said Marsico when asked about his emotions headed into the final round. “Tomorrow I’ll probably hit a three-wood off the tee and that’s all that’s really going through my mind.”