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August 5 2012

7:20 PM

Furyk takes 3-shot edge to back nine

AKRON, Ohio --  Jim Furyk owns a three-stroke lead as the final group heads to the back nine at Firestone Country Club.

Furyk Furyk lengthened his advantage to three for the second time on the front side as Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed the ninth hole. The South African found the rough off the tee, was short with his approach and missed a 15-footer to save par.

So Furyk, who set the tone for the day with birdies on his first three holes, is 13 under for the tournament.  Oosthuizen fell back to 10 under, where he started the round, with his second bogey in the last five holes.

Keegan Bradley, the third member of the final group, claimed sole possession of third when he drained a 41-footer at the seventh hole. He made a 14-footer to save par at the ninth hole to remain at 9 under and four strokes off the pace.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has reeled off six straight pars after making the turn 4 under and is currently tied for 10th. And Phil Mickelson is struggling – he’s 2 over through 16 holes.

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