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Panzeri grabs 2-shot lead at Wildfire Invitational

Peterborough, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Panzeri carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday and grabbed a 2-shot lead after 54 holes of The Wildfire Invitational.

Panzeri ended three rounds at 16-under-par 200 at Wildfire Golf Club. He will go for his third PGA Tour Canada win on Sunday.

Max Gilbert fired the low round of the day, a 7-under 65, to soar into a share of second place at minus-14. He was joined there by Jeff Corr (68), Brock Mackenzie (71), second-round leader Adam Cornelson (72), Justin Shin (68), Chris Hemmerich (68) and Jay Vandeventer (69).

Brady Schnell (68) and Michael Gligic (66) are tied for ninth at 13-under 203, while Randall Hutchison (72) and Nate McCoy (67) are one stroke back at minus-12.

Panzeri opened with a birdie at the first. After a pair of pars, he converted back-to-back birdie chances at four and five. Panzeri stumbled to a bogey on the sixth.

The 28-year-old got that shot right back as he birdied the seventh. However, Panzeri tripped to another bogey on No. 8 to slip back to minus-14.

Panzeri took the lead for good with a birdie on the 11th. He parred five in a row before making birdie on the par-3 17th. Panzeri parred the last to lead by two after three rounds.

Gilbert faltered to a bogey on the second, but came right back with a birdie on the third. He made eagle at the fourth and followed with another birdie on the par-5 fifth.

Around the turn, Gilbert tripped to a bogey on No. 10. He shot into contention with an eagle on the par-5 12th. He moved to 12-under with a birdie on the 13th. Gilbert holed another eagle at the short par-4 14th to jump into second place. He ended there as he parred the last four holes.

Corr and Shin had five birdies and a bogey in their rounds of 68. Mackenzie mixed five birdies, two bogeys and one double-bogey in his 71, while Hemmerich had six birdies and two bogeys for his 68. Cornelson had two birdies and a double-bogey, while Vandeventer posted four birdies, an eagle, a double-bogey and a bogey in his 69.

NOTES: Panzeri's two wins were at the 2011 Dakota Dunes Casino Open and the 2013 ATB Financial Classic ... With inclement weather expected on Sunday, tee times were moved up and players will go off split tees in threesomes.

08/30 19:52:00 ET

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