Jim Furyk leads BMW Championship
Jim Furyk, who tied a PGA Tour record by shooting a 59 Friday, shot a 69 for a one-stroke lead over Steve Stricker after three rounds of the BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill.
Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Top-ranked Tiger Woods charged. Steve Stricker slam-dunked a sand wedge for an eagle. And on a warmer, calmer Saturday at Conway Farms, 37 golfers from the field of 70 broke par of 71.
Jim Furyk did nothing to rival his 59 from Friday, but the steady veteran shot a third-round 69 at the BMW Championship and was at 13 under, one stroke ahead of second-place Stricker (64).
“I had a lot of people call me Mr. 59 (Saturday),” Furyk said with a smirk. “And it just feels wrong.”
Furyk is one of six players to share the PGA Tour record of 59 for a round.
Brandt Snedeker (71) was third at 11 under.
Woods (66) was four strokes off the lead. Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup was among players tied for sixth place at 8 under.
The BMW is the third of four tournaments in the FedEx Cup playoffs, and the top 30 in FedEx Cup points will advance to the Tour Championship, which starts Thursday at East Lake in Atlanta.
Moore is 36th in projected points entering the final round of the BMW.
Furyk has failed to win the last five times he led or shared the lead after three rounds, including last month’s PGA Championship and last year’s U.S. Open.
“No one has to remind me,” 16-time PGA Tour winner Furyk said. “There’s always pressure to win and I’m going to put pressure on myself because I expect myself to play well.”
Woods birdied six of seven holes from Nos. 6-12, swelling his already large gallery.
But he found the water trying to drive the 305-yard, par-4 15th en route to a bogey.
“I was caught between 3- and 5-wood and tried to hit a little soft, cut 3-wood and just hit a pull-straight ball right in the water,” Woods recalled.
Stricker holed out from 99 yards on the fly for an eagle on No. 15, but airmailed a 4-iron shot off the grandstand at the par-3 17th hole.
• Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 2-under 69 for a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Evian Championship, the fifth and final major of the year on the LPGA Tour.
Miyazato was at 8 under with one round left. The tournament in Evian-les-Bains, France, was cut to 54 holes after play was washed out Thursday.
Teen amateur Lydia Ko (67) of New Zealand and Suzann Pettersen (69) of Norway were at 7 under. American Stacy Lewis (67) was in fourth at 6 under.
Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (71) of Yakima was tied for 65th place at 4 over.