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Tommy Fleetwood’s RBC Canadian Open revenge tour easily stays on track with bogey-free 64

Tommy Fleetwood carded a bogey-free, 6-under 64 at the RBC Canadian Open on Saturday. The score on the difficult course at Hamilton Golf and Country Club put Fleetwood at 9-under for the tournament, just two strokes behind the leader.

He made a 108-foot putt in the third round to gain 2.4 strokes on the field from the putting green, as the Englishman bounced back after shooting a par-70 on Friday.

Fleetwood is looking to complete a revenge tour after losing to Nick Taylor in last year’s playoffs, and for now, if he continues playing in this form, it might be possible.

“Stay patient. I always try to visualize the best round possible,” Fleetwood said, “but on the golf course, I think you just have to accept what the course gives you.”

He currently leads the players in pars and also leads in greens in regulation with 45 strokes out of 54.

“This seems like a very easy golf course to attack,” he said. “Before you know it, you’ve hit a wedge or a short iron out of position and you’ve got a weird bogey, and then it gets frustrating. I’ve been calm in that sense. If I’m out of position, I’ve hit the next shot in a good spot, I’ve settled for par, and I’ve been patient. This is not an attacking golf course at all.”

Fleetwood seems to understand this week how smart golf can benefit a player, minimizing mistakes with just two bogeys in 54 holes, and if he keeps to par he doesn’t lose strokes.

The 33-year-old is one of several players outside of Canada who, along with Rory McIlroy, are beloved by fans at the RBC Canadian Open, and he felt that energy on Saturday, and he never got tired of it.

“Rowdy, they’ve been fantastic. Oh man, we’re so blessed with the support we get here,” Fleetwood said. “It’s a late tee time so it’s always a good atmosphere on a Saturday. They’re having a good day. Oh man, it’s fantastic. Thanks again for the support. They’re really, really good. It’s good to play in front of them.”

Looking back at last year’s heartbreaking loss, Fleetwood’s only “mistake” was a bogey on the par-four third hole. Had he not missed that shot, things would probably have been different now. Fleetwood probably would have won, and Canada’s winning streak would still stand.

Instead, he lost to the Canadian in overtime, with Taylor sinking a 72-foot eagle putt to win. But Fleetwood isn’t focusing on that. He’s put the runner-up finish behind him.

“I’m very happy with the work I’m putting in. Things are going really well and I’m starting to get rounds where that hard work is paying off,” Fleetwood said. “We’ll see where that takes us. The ultimate goal is to win, so I’ll always keep that in mind, but let’s just keep doing the right things and see where it takes us.”

Fleetwood is seeking his first PGA Tour win and is scheduled to tee off in the afternoon during Sunday’s round.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a Golf Staff Writer for SB Nation Playing Through. Follow us for more golf articles. Follow You can follow us on all major social platforms. You can also follow us on Twitter Follow Instagram: @savannah_leigh_sports

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