Furyk Has One-Stroke Lead Going Into Final Round of PGA’s BMW

Golfer Jim Furyk
Golfer Jim Furyk hits a drive on the eighth hole during the third round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 14, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois. Photographer: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Jim Furyk takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the BMW Championship, where a victory today will give him his 17th PGA Tour title.

Furyk fired a 2-under 69 yesterday, one day after carding the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history. Furyk had three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn before he had a three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th hole.

“It could have been better out there,” Furyk told reporters. “Obviously dropped that shot at 18, which I’m disappointed, it was probably one of the easier holes of the day scoring wise.”

Furyk has lost the last five tournaments in which he owned the 54-hole lead.

Steve Stricker is one stroke back in second place at 12-under 201 after recording a 7-under 64, and Brandt Snedeker shot an even-par 71 to stand 11-under at 202 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

“I had a number in mind to start the day, which I typically don’t do,” Stricker said. “Came up a little short, but all in all it was a good day.”

Tiger Woods, a five-time winner of this event, birdied six of seven holes from the sixth en route to a 5-under 66 to take sole possession of fifth at 9-under 204.

“I had a nice little run to at least get myself in there where I have a chance tomorrow,” Woods told reporters yesterday.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy ended the third round with a 68 to hold 68th place at 10-over 223.

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