Charlie Danielson

Charlie Danielson

University of Illinois photo

LONDON, Ontario -- Charlie Danielson and Jordan Niebrugge have endured enough highs and lows in their first full season of professional golf to fill a novel.

But what a final entry it would be Sunday if the two Wisconsin golfers could chase down Rico Hoey in the final round of the MacKenzie Tour/PGA Tour-Canada's season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

Danielson, an Osceola native, moved within four shots of the lead Saturday after shooting 7-under-par 63 to reach the 54-hole mark at 12-under 198. Niebrugge, a Mequon native, birdied his final hole to salvage his second straight 3-under 67 and get to 11-under 199 and stay within five shots of Hoey, whose 8-under 62 left him at 16-under 194 with a three-shot lead.

A victory by either Danielson, who is No. 24 on the Order of Merit, or Niebrugge, who is No. 18, would vault either into the coveted top five for Tour status for 2018.

Another round like Saturday's could do it for Danielson.

He started out with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, a pair of par-5s, and added birdies at Nos. 6 and 9 to make the turn in 4-under 32. He strung together birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 13 before finishing his bogey-free round with five pars.

Niebrugge looked poised to be right with him after starting with birdies at Nos. 4 and 5 before a bogey at No. 6. He birdied No. 9 to turn in 2-under 34 and added birdies at 11 and 12 before bogeys at Nos. 14 and 16 knocked him back. His birdie at No. 18 kept him in the top 10 with 18 holes to play.