Bruce Lietzke went nine shots higher than the day before. His lead was cut in half.
But he accomplished what he set out to do Saturday in the third round of the Canadian Open."I'm still in position," Lietzke said after watching Greg Norman trim his lead to two strokes.
The 41-year-old veteran, who moved four strokes in front of the field with a second round 64, had to be content with a 73, one over par on the Glen Abbey layout.
"I knew as soon as I got out there today, there'd be no 6-under-par rounds. With a south wind, the golf course just doesn't give you anything."
The starry group chasing him - including Fred Couples, Norman, Curtis Strange and Nick Price - thoroughly agreed.
"Very long. Very difficult," said Norman, like Strange trying to find an end to a two-year non-winning string.
Norman reeled off 14 consecutive pars before scoring consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, then hit into the water on the 18th and made bogey.
"That leaves a little bit of a bad taste in your mouth," the Australian star said.
"But I'm very pleased" with a 71, he said. At 210, he was two behind Lietzke's leading 208 total.
Couples, the Masters champion and winner of more than $1.2 million already this season, was three off the pace at 211 after a 71 that included a less-than-friendly exchange with a spectator by the 18th green.
In Lexington, Ky., Terry Dill, who has never won a PGA event, shot the best round of the tournament to build a four-stroke lead in the Bank One Senior Classic.
Dill's 66 put him at 11 under, four strokes better than Mike Hill, who had a 68 to follow his opening day 69 on the par-72 Kearney Hill Links public course.
The senior tour's star rookie, Raymond Floyd, moved into contention with a 5-under 67 to put him in a group of three in third place at 6-under for the tournament.