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07/26/2015 13:37 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 01:12 EDT

Canada's Hearn tees off as final-round leader at the Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ont. — David Hearn has teed off at the Canadian Open as the first homegrown final-round leader since Mike Weir in 2004.

Hearn is trying to be the first Canadian to win the event since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

At 15-under par, the Brantford, Ont., native led by two shots over Bubba Watson and Jason Day after three rounds.

Like fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet, Hearn was asked about the 61-year drought before the RBC Canadian Open.

"I'd love to see any Canadian win this tournament," Hearn said. "Then we get to talk about who is the next Canadian to win the Canadian Open."

Weir led by three shots going into the final round 11 years ago and lost to Vijay Singh in a three-hole playoff when Singh was the top-ranked golfer in the world.

Watson entered the Canadian Open ranked third, Day 10th and Jim Furyk seventh.

Furyk was four strokes back at 11 under.

Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press