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August 4 2012

10:01 PM

Furyk leads Oosthuizen by one

AKRON, Ohio – What appeared headed for a runaway early Saturday tightened down the stretch, heightening the excitement heading into the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Furyk Jim Furyk started the third round with a two-shot lead that increased to four when he birdied the second hole. That advantage reached as many as five when Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed the eighth hole.

But Furyk ended up with a round of even par to finish at 11 under and the South African closed the gap to one when he came in with a 68. Keegan Bradley, who defends his PGA title next week, is alone in third at 7 under while Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker are another stroke behind in a tie for sixth.

Furyk is looking for his first victory since his three-win 2010 season that also saw the 16-time PGA TOUR champ win the FedExCup and Player of the Year. Oosthuizen, who won the British Open the same season, nearly picked up his second major at the Masters earlier this year but lost to Bubba Watson in a playoff.

Tee times for the final round have been moved up due to thunderstorms expected to move into the area in the wee hours of Sunday. Players will be sent off the first and 10th tees beginning at 8 a.m.

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