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July 28 2012

9:15 PM

Kirk rides putter to contention

Chris Kirk didn’t exactly envision the start he got off to on Saturday.

“Every time I hit a decent shot I'd have a 10-footer that was right edge up there, and kind of left myself in perfect position on the entire front nine,” Kirk said.

He took advantage of them, too.

Kirk birdied six of seven holes, including four in a row at one point, on the front nine during Saturday’s third round. He added another on the 10th and shot 63 to move into contention at 12 under in the RBC Canadian Open.

“It was a dream start,” Kirk said. “That front nine, everything was going right.”

Now he’ll hope for a dream finish as he tries to win for the second time in his career.

If Kirk keeps playing the way he has, he’ll certainly have a chance. He’s made just one bogey this week -- though it was a costly triple bogey on the 18th hole in the opening round.

Through two rounds, Kirk has hit 78 percent of his greens and ranks in the top 10 in strokes gained-putting.

“I always had the theory that you always have these days when the putts are going in the middle of the hole and everything's working out, so you have to get as many as you can on the days you have it,” Kirk said.

He did just that, taking 26 putts on Saturday.

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