London, Ontario – Trevor Murphy carded a 3-under 69 on Sunday and grabbed a 1-stroke lead after three rounds of the Tour Championship of Canada.
Murphy, who will go for his first PGA Tour Canada win on Sunday, ended 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club's Championship Course.
Alex Kang (67) and Max Gilbert (66) are tied for second at minus-14, while Brock Mackenzie (67) and Mark Hubbard (68) are two strokes back at 12-under 204 and are tied for fourth.
The tournament finally caught up after a long weather delay on Thursday stopped play for over five hours. When the second round ended earlier Saturday, Murphy led by three strokes.
Murphy coughed up that lead early in the third round as he stumbled to bogeys at one and four. After four pars in a row, he got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 ninth.
The 27-year-old Arizona resident carded back-to-back birdies from the 11th to move to 13-under. He dropped another stroke on the 14th.
Murphy closed his round in strong fashion as he birdied three of the last four holes to finish one clear of the field.
Kang birdied the first and ninth, both par-5s, to make the turn at 11-under. He continued his strong play on the par-5s with eagles on 12 and 15. He was in the lead at 15-under at that point, but tripped to a bogey on No. 17 to fall into a share of second.
Gilbert carded three consecutive birdies from the fourth to move to 11-under. He also birdied the ninth, 13th and 17th to gain a piece of second place.
NOTES: Defending champion Eugene Wong managed a 1-under 71 and slid into a share of sixth at 9-under 207 ... The top-five players on the Order of Merit after this event will gain Web.com Tour status for next season.