Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - Timothy Madigan carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday to claim a 3-stroke lead entering the final round of The Players Cup.
Madigan, who is seeking his first career win on the PGA Tour Canada, finished 54 holes at Pine Ridge Golf Club at 9-under-par 204.
Josh Persons shot an even-par 71 to move into second place at 7-under 206, while Ricky McDonald is alone in third at minus-6.
Second-round leader Erik Barnes tripped to a 4-over 75 on Thursday to fall into a share of fourth with Jay Myers (67) at 5-under 208.
Barnes entered the day with a 2-stroke lead, but bogeyed the second to fall to 8-under and cut his advantage to just one.
McDonald then birdied the first and fourth to claim a share of the lead before Barnes dropped another shot at the fourth to leave McDonald alone atop the leaderboard.
Madigan, meanwhile, birdied the fourth and seventh to meet McDonald at 8- under.
McDonald and Madigan then bogeyed the fifth and ninth, respectively, to each fall to minus-7 and into a tie for the lead with Persons and Barnes.
Persons had countered a double-bogey at the second with birdies at the fourth and sixth to reach 7-under.
McDonald would then bogey the seventh, 10th, 11th and 12th to fall well off the pace before a hole-in-one at the 14th brought him back into contention, while Barnes bogeyed the ninth and 10th to also lose his share of the lead.
Persons was next to fall out of the top spot with back-to-back bogeys at the 11th and 12th.
That left Madigan alone in the lead and he took advantage with birdies at the 15th and 17th to move to 9-under and claim a 3-stroke lead.
Persons closed his round with birdies at the 16th and 18th to pull within two of Madigan entering the final round.
NOTES: Madigan has two top-five finishes this season, including a runner-up to Persons at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open in June ... McDonald is seeking his first career win on tour. He also has a runner-up this season, finishing in second place at the Syncrude Boreal Open.