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American Harmon leads by five at Dakota Dunes

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SASKATOON -- With his young family on hand for the first time, Matt Harmon of Grand Haven, Mich., cruised to a 9-under par 63 on Saturday at Dakota Dunes Golf Links, opening up a five stroke lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour Canada's Dakota Dunes Open.

The 29-year old and his wife Pagiel have their new son Eli, who turns 10 weeks old today, at a tournament for the first time this week, and so far the trip has been a successful one. Harmon's 63 put him five strokes ahead of Sweden's Robert Karlsson heading into the final round, six ahead of Moscow, Idaho,'s Chris Williams.

"It's our first family trip, so this is very relaxing," said Harmon, who ranks 10th on the Order of Merit with two top-10s in three starts. "My guesses were right with the bounces and things went right for me, and I made more putts than I did any of the other days."

Harmon carded seven birdies on the day, including on two of his final three holes, to go with an eagle to reach 18-under par through 54 holes. The former Michigan State Spartan played the Web.com Tour in 2012 and 2013 and is looking to make his way back starting with a win at Dakota Dunes today.

"I was telling my caddie today, I think I have a few more life experiences than some other guys in the field," said Harmon, whose best finish on the Web.com Tour was second at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship. "It's just golf out here. When you get it going, you just kind of relax and let it go."

Harmon said having his family here has made things easier than the first three events, when he played well but had his mind back home with his new family.

"It was tough the play those first three events having to leave my wife to do everything, but she's awesome, so it's been great," Harmon said. "I'm going to come out tomorrow and hopefully keep doing what I did today."

The Tour's next stop is in Winnipeg at Pine Ridge for the Players Cup.

-- PGA Tour Canada

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2014 B16

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