Woodland, Kuchar Tied for Lead at Barclays, Woods Trails by Four

Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar are tied for the lead going into the final round today of the Barclays tournament, the opening event in the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoff series.

Kuchar, who played five holes yesterday to complete a second round 6-under 65 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, fired a 70 in the third round to stand 12-under at 201. Woodland carded a 68 to match Kuchar’s three-round total.

“I was just trying to make as many birdies as I could,” Woodland said yesterday.  “I saw there was a lot of guys making birdies behind me and I know I saw Kevin Chappell shoot nothing, so I knew they were out there. You wanted to give yourself as many birdies as you can going into tomorrow.”

Chappell set a tournament course record with a bogey-free 62 in 10 mile-per-hour (16 kph) winds to end the third round one stroke off the lead.

“In the wind, if you would have told me someone was going to shoot 62 today, I would probably have laughed at you,” Chappell said.

Kuchar said Chappell played “darned good golf” despite the wind.

“It seems to be in all the golf I’ve played, no matter how tough the conditions are, somebody finds a way to play good golf,” Kuchar said. “Sixty-two is just awesome, really good play. Good for him.”

Tiger Woods, who was suffering with lower back pain he said came from sleeping in a soft bed in his hotel, shot a 69 for a three-round score of 8-under 205.

“It starts off great every day, and then it progressively deteriorates as the day goes on,” said Woods. He is tied with David Lynn of England who also had a 69.

Ending the day at 7-under 206 were Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Jonas Blixt, Kevin Steelman and Rickie Fowler.

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