After a lengthy run as a tour professional, Wes Heffernan transitioned to teaching a year-and-a-half ago and now spends more time giving lessons at Golf Canada Calgary Centre than working on his own game.

So does he miss it?

“I miss this — being in contention,” the 40-year-old Heffernan said with a smile after Saturday’s third round of the ATB Financial Classic. “I definitely don’t miss the travelling. There have been years in the past where I was in contention at almost every tournament, but for four or five years, I’ve struggled and haven’t been in contention.

“So just being back in that position is something I definitely miss. It’s pretty fun.”

If contending is fun, a trophy presentation would be a hoot, right?

Heading into Sunday’s final round at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada shootout on the Talons Course at Country Hills, Heffernan is only one shot off the pace with a tab of 11-under 202.

There is a five-way tie for the top rung on the leaderboard, with defending champion Charlie Bull of England, South Korea’s Todd Baek and Americans Corey Pereira, Johnny Ruiz and Greyson Sigg all sharing that lofty status after 54 holes of action.

Playing on an exemption in what will be his only Mackenzie Tour appearance of the season, Heffernan opened with a 6-under 65, stayed put with an even-par 71 in Friday’s second round and posted the best score of anybody on Moving Day, fashioning a 5-under 66 in blustery conditions.

“I guess sometimes, when you’re not out here in the grind week after week, it’s kind of a luxury to just come out here and have fun,” Heffernan said with a shrug.

‘Fun’ isn’t a word many guys were using after Saturday’s gusty third round.

The 7,209-yard layout was playing so firm, fast and demanding in the wind that Sigg — just …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald

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