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August 25 2012

11:45 PM

Round 3 news, numbers

· Henrik Stenson shot a second-round 65 at The Barclays but followed up with a 78 in the third. That 13-shot increase from one round to the next ties the largest difference in Stenson’s career on the PGA TOUR. At both the 2006 Nissan Open and the 2010 Frys.com Open, he shot a second-round 67 and a third-round 80.

· Tiger Woods has struggled this season on “moving day,” the name commonly given to the round prior to the final round. Woods was 1 over in the third round of The Barclays. This season, he’s a combined 8 under through 13 third rounds. Tiger’s -.615 third-round average so far in 2012 is the highest in any round in a PGA TOUR season in which he’s played at least 10 events.

· Nick Watney was able to birdie the 17th hole in the third round at Bethpage State Park, the only birdie of the day on that hole. Watney is 2 under on the 17th hole at The Barclays. In the two U.S. Open Championships played there (in 2002 and 2009) only three players were 2 under through three rounds: Matt Bettencourt, Phil Mickelson and Ben Martin in 2009 (all 2 under).

· Kevin Stadler got off to a rough start at The Barclays, but has rebounded from an opening-round 72 to score 68 in the second round and a 65 in the third. It’s the fourth time in his career that Stadler has improved his scores by at least three shots in both the second and third rounds. Stadler has played 28 consecutive holes without a bogey at The Barclays. If he can play five more holes without shooting over par, it will equal the longest bogey-free streak of his career.

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