Day, Furyk move into Barclays lead
08/22/2014 7:23 PM
08/23/2014 6:57 PM
Paramus, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Day carded a 3-under 68 on Saturday as he moved into a share of the lead after three rounds at The Barclays.
Day was joined at 9-under-par 204 by Jim Furyk, who shot a 2-under 69 at Ridgewood Country Club.
Furyk, a 16-time winner on the PGA Tour, is seeking his first win since the 2010 Tour Championship. He has three runner-up finishes this season, including at the Players Championship.
"I just kind of really played patient today, bided my time and I was able to make birdies," Furyk said. "I've been in this position a few times this year. My goal (Sunday) really is to go out there, not look at the leaderboard and just play my own game, my own style and hopefully get the putter a little hotter earlier than today."
Day collected his second tour win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.
Hunter Mahan (68) is alone in third place at 8-under, while second-round co- leader Cameron Tringale (72) is among seven players sharing fourth at minus-7.
Tringale is joined by Morgan Hoffmann (66), Matt Kuchar (68), Kevin Na (70), Bo Van Pelt (70), Kevin Chappell (71) and Brendon Todd (71).
Defending champion Adam Scott, who also held a share of the second-round lead, posted a 4-over 75 on Saturday to fall into a tie for 23rd at 4-under 209.
Before overnight leaders Tringale and Scott teed off, Kevin Na, Ernie Els, Day and Chappell would all reach 8-under to make it a six-way tie for the lead.
Na would lose his share of the lead with a bogey at the fifth, but he was quickly replaced by Mahan when he rolled in consecutive birdies at the fifth and sixth.
Tringale was next to fall off the pace when he dropped a shot at the par-3 second after finding a bunker off the tee.
Chappell then 2-putted for birdie at the par-5 third, his second straight gain, to break from the pack and claim the outright lead at minus-9.
Els answered with his third birdie of the day at fifth to join Chappell at 9- under, and Day made it a three-way tie for the lead when he converted a 25- foot birdie putt at the sixth.
Els and Day, however, both could not hang on as Els bogeyed the sixth and Day dropped a shot at the seventh to leave Chappell alone atop the leaderboard.
Els would go on to bogey the seventh and eighth to fall well off the pace.
Chappell stretched his advantage to two strokes when he found the green off the tee at the par-4 fifth and 2-putted for birdie, but he quickly gave that shot away with a bogey at the sixth.
Day followed his bogey at the seventh with a pair of pars before rolling in a 16-foot birdie at the 10th to reclaim a share of the lead. He was left alone at 9-under when Chappell bogeyed the 10th.
Mahan, meanwhile, had countered a bogey at the seventh with a birdie at the ninth to remain at 8-under until he converted a 16-foot birdie at the 15th to meet Day at minus-9.
Day then lost his ball in the thick rough at the 13th and had to take a penalty, resulting in a double-bogey to give Mahan sole possession of the lead.
But the Australian bounced right back with birdies at the 15th and 16th to return to 9-under along with Mahan.
Mahan tripped to a 2-putt bogey at the 18th to finish at 8-under and leave Day alone at minus-9.
Furyk, meanwhile, had parred his first 12 holes before converting an 11-foot birdie putt at the 13th. After he parred the next two holes, he stuck his approach at the 16th to three feet and kicked that in for birdie to claim a share of the lead at 9-under.
Day traded a bogey at the 17th with a 10-foot birdie at the last to end at 9- under as Furyk parred his final two holes to maintain his share of the lead.
"It was an interesting day, I got off to a great start and then the back nine happened," said Day. "I clearly lost shots to the field there, but I'm very proud with how I handled my nerves today."
NOTES: Furyk has failed to convert his last seven 54-hole leads into a win ... Furyk shot his 85th sub-par round in the FedExCup Playoffs. That is the all- time leader in the playoff history ... Day has converted one of his previous three 54-hole leads into a win ... There was a second cut made on Saturday that trimmed the field from 79 players to 70. Among those to miss the second cut were Phil Mickelson and K.J. Choi.
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