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Anthony Kim takes top spot at Canadian Open

AFP , OAKVILLE, CANADA

Anthony Kim watches his drive off the second tee during third round action at the Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey golf course in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Anthony Kim fired a sizzling seven-under 64 here on Saturday to seize the clubhouse lead in the weather-delayed third round of the Canadian open.

Kim was among 63 golfers who had to finish the second round on Saturday as the tournament battled to catch up in the wake of a lengthy rain delay earlier in the week.

However, he showed no ill-effects from his extra work or from another rain delay later on Saturday.

The American, who is in search of a third title of the season, waited out a nearly three-hour weather delay to move to 15-under 198 by playing his 21 holes on Saturday in a scintillating 11-under.

Chez Reavie, the second-round leader who tied a tournament record with a 36-hole total of 13-under 129, also was at 15-under through 16 holes.

He was among three players left on the course when play was suspended on Saturday by darkness.

Kim, who had finished 15 holes when play was halted on Friday, got off to a blazing start on Saturday morning, carding back-to-back birdies and an eagle on the final three holes of the second round.

That finish capped a back-nine 29 and moved Kim to eight-under, and he kept the momentum with a bogey-free third round, which he capped with a birdie at the last shortly before play was halted for the day.

Scott McCarron carded an eight-under 63 and was tied with Steve Marino for second place at 12-under 201.

After a rocky start that featured three bogeys on the first four holes, McCarron reeled off 10 birdies over his final 14 holes to notch the tournament’s lowest round o far.

Marino notched five birdies in a row on the front nine, cooling off on his inward run to post his second straight 67.

Canadian Mike Weir closed with a rush, collecting four birdies on the final five holes to post a third-round 68 and join Mark Calcavecchia (67), Sean O’Hair (67) and Nicholas Thompson at 10-under 203.

They were one shot behind Billy Mayfair (68), who was alone on 202.

Reavie, who is seeking his first PGA Tour title, had reached the green in two at 17 and barring a catastrophe yesterday morning appeared headed to the final fourth-round pairing with Kim.

Reavie started the day with a three-shot lead over Eric Axley, and held a three-shot advantage after a birdie on the 10th hole.

But his two bogeys on the back nine were countered by three bogeys.

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