Hadwin sits second heading into final day of Canadian Open

Adam Hadwin thrilled the home crowd at the RBC Canadian Open on Saturday, shooting a two-under 68 in the third round to move to within one stroke of the lead.

Adam Hadwin is within a stroke of the lead heading into the final day of the RBC Canadian Open.

Adam Hadwin is within a stroke of the lead heading into the final day of the RBC Canadian Open.

Adam Hadwin thrilled the home crowd at the RBC Canadian Open on Saturday, shooting a two-under 68 in the third round to move to within one stroke of the lead.

Hadwin, a second-year Canadian Tour pro who is playing just his third PGA Tour event thanks to a sponsor’s exemption, birdied three of his first four holes to grab a share of first place at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

Bogeys on Nos. 5, 8 and 11 brought the 23-year-old Abbotsford golfer back to even par for the round, but he rallied with birdies on 12 and 16.

Hadwin is alone in second place at four-under for the tournament, one back of Bo Van Pelt, whose 65 represented the low round of the day on Saturday.

Hadwin is attempting to become the first Canadian to win the national open championship since Pat Fletcher in 1954.