Watch Stricker's eagle two from 99 yards at the 15th hole Saturday.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Steve Stricker said he had a number in mind going into Saturday's third round of the BMW Championship. A number that would allow him to move into contention and challenge for his first win on the PGA TOUR season.
The number was 8-under 63. Stricker didn't quite get there. But he came close, shooting a 64 that moved him to 12 under for the tournament and in second place behind Jim Furyk.
The 64 ties Stricker's career low in 73 career rounds at the BMW Championship.
"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."
After making the turn at 2 under, Stricker birdied two of his three holes to start the back nine.
But the key shot was his sand wedge for 99 yards at the paar-4 15th. He slam-dunked the shot for an eagle two.
"I've holed out a few wedges over my career," Stricker said, "but I don't know if any of them slam-dunked in that like. It's a shock to see something like that go in."
After a bogey at the 17th, he bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 18th.
Stricker entered this week ranked eighth in FedExCup points, but is now projected to move to fourth. The top five after this week control their own destiny heading into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
"I won't pay attention to that part so much as trying to win the tournament," Stricker said.