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Hardee and Phillips in the hunt at the ATB Classic in Canada

A pair of Upstate pros could be on the verge of winning a tournament on PGA Tour Canada.

Former Alabama golfer Jonathan Hardee from Greenville is tied for the lead with three other golfers going into the final round of the ATB Classic in Edmonton, Canada.

Former Georgia golfer Trent Phillips, from Inman, is 1-shot off the lead in a tie with three other golfers for fifth place.

Former Riverside High School golfer Jonathan Hardee shares the lead going into the final round of the ATB Classic in Edmonton on PGA Tour Canada. (PGA Tour Photo)

Hardee is playing in his second PGA Tour Canada event this year and shot his way into a tie for the lead with a 5-under par 66 in the third round.

The Riverside High School grad has put together three consistent rounds.

He opened with a solid 67, added a 66 in the second round and matched it with his third round score to share the lead in the tournament being played at the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club in Alberta.

“I think you just kind of stick to what you know and what you’ve been doing and don’t really let what’s going on around you affect you much,” said Hardee, about his place on the top of the leader board.

Trent Phillips is playing in his second event as a pro and is 1-shot off the lead at the ATB Classic on PGA Tour Canada. (PGATour Photo)

Phillips, who inexcusably wasn’t extended an exemption to play in the BMW Charity Pro-Am in his home town, is at 13-under par in his first PGA Tour Canada tournament.

The two-time first team All-American at Georgia finished 8th on the PGA Tour University rankings last year, just missing full status on the Korn-Ferry Tour, but earning full status in Canada.

“At the end of the day you’re just playing golf. It doesn’t really matter who you are playing against, and I feel confident that I can compete with people,” said Phillips.

The three time SCGA Junior Player of the Year is doing just that with rounds of 67, 66 and 67 for his 200 total, just one shot behind the leaders.

“You want to keep yourself in the tournament and give yourself a chance to win on Sunday, and hopefully I’ll be right there,” he said.

The first event of the PGA Tour Canada season was won by South Carolina alum Scott Stevens. The former Gamecock golfer leads the Fortinet Cup standings.

Scores from the PGA Tour Canada ATB Classic

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