PARAMUS, N.J. -- The last time Jim Furyk won a golf tournament, he also won the FedExCup.
Three tournaments and one round shy of four years later, Furyk is in prime position to win the $10 million bonus again -- particularly if he can convert his share of the lead at The Barclays into a win on Sunday.
Every player who has won an event in the FedExCup Playoffs has entered the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola as one of the pivotal top five who controls his own destiny at East Lake. Furyk, who is tied with Jason Day, ranks fifth now and could take a commanding lead in points with the victory.
A win would also be payback of sorts. The last time The Barclays was played Ridgewood, Furyk overslept and missed his tee time and was disqualified. The year? 2010 -- when Furyk went on to win the FedExCup.
Want some more fodder for the water cooler? Well, Furyk is 19 years older than his playing partner on Sunday. While the veteran understands he's Gen-X and Day is a Millennial, their clubs will do the talking on the golf course.
"I don't feel old really in my game if that makes sense," Furyk explained. "... But yeah, there's definitely almost a generation gap between some of the guys I'm competing against each and every day.
"But I find it fun. I think it keeps me a little younger, and it keeps things fresh for me."
Furyk and Day have plenty of company on The Barclays' leaderboard with 27 players within five strokes of the lead. Several of those players have history at Ridgewood, too.
Hunter Mahan, for example, shot a course-record 62 on the A.W. Tillinghast gem in 2010. He's one stroke behind the leaders at 8 under -- and one stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar, who won The Barclays at Ridgewood that year.
"It's going to be a little bit of a shootout tomorrow," Furyk said in understatement.
Both Furyk and Day are playing well this year, though.
The veteran has been runner-up three times already this season -- bringing his total of second-place finishes since his last victory to six.
Two came back-to-back at the Wells Fargo Championship and THE PLAYERS, and Furyk has top-five finishes in the last two majors, as well. Furyk is a philosophical sort, and he says he's addressed, and learned from, the close calls.
"I don't need any motivation," Furyk said as he contemplated the final round. "Sitting tied for the lead in a big of golf tournament on a golf course that I really enjoy playing and have a lot of respect for. I think it's a great golf course. No extra motivation needed. I'm just happy to be in a good spot and looking forward to tomorrow."
The 26-year-old Aussie, meanwhile, picked up a win and a second-place finish in his first three starts before being sidelined for the better part of three months by a thumb injury. The Barclays is just Day's 12th event of the year.
"Since it's been a stop/start year, to be able to work hard and get yourself into contention, maybe to even win the FedExCup at the end of the Playoffs would obviously cap off a great year," Day said. "... There's still a lot of good golf ahead of me this year."
Jason Day and Jim Furyk tied for the lead at The Barclays
BACK-TO-BACK AT RIDGEWOOD?: Matt Kuchar said he was "awful exited" when he pulled into the parking lot at Ridgewood Country Club on Tuesday. Memories came flooding back as he remembered lifting the trophy after his playoff victory over Martin Laird that Sunday in 2010.
"And then to get out on the golf course and remember what a great golf course this is, one of the best we play any year," Kuchar added. "It's a special place and it certainly brought back some good memories and some good golf out of me."
Kuchar saved some of his best for Saturday as he shot a 68 that lifted him into a tie for fourth with Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Na, Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and Cameron Tringale. The group is 7 under and two strokes off the lead held jointly by Jason Day and Jim Furyk.
Just two weeks ago, though, back spasms that began when he spent too much time looking for a wave-riding toy and another hour in the car fighting traffic had forced Kuchar to withdraw from the PGA Championship. So it was anyone's guess how well he would play this week at Ridgewood.
In the last 10 days, Kuchar has seen chiropractors, massage therapists and physical therapists in an attempt to loosen the offending muscles.
"It seemed like the back just got out of alignment a little bit and the muscles locked up," he said. "I had never had an issue where I have not been able to play a tournament. That was a first for me."
As bad as his back felt at Valhalla, though, it feels good now.
"Funny mentally how you can switch where I was not able to play the PGA and got home and had a few more days like that and I thought, man, I might not be ready for Barclays, I might not be able to play; and then my back gets better and now it feels like I'm never going to get injured again," he said. "Funny how your mind works when you're ill or injured."
READY FOR THE CHALLENGE: Hunter Mahan didn't want to say the 68 he shot on Saturday during The Barclays was easy. But it certainly wasn't very stressful.
"I just felt like I had good looks and if I didn't make them, then they were tap-ins," he said. "So it was pretty, I don't want to say easy, but it just wasn't hard at times. I was hitting fairways and greens and I was putting for birdie all day."
Mahan should be so lucky on Sunday as he starts the final round one stroke off the lead at 8 under. He's looking to end a victory drought of more than two years, as well as impress Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson, who has three picks to make on Sept. 2.
"There's been very little kind of, I don't want to say communication, but they have held their cards pretty close," Mahan said. "So I don't know if anyone has any really clue what maybe they are looking for. But I know a win would definitely improve my chances.
"So you know, right now, it's just with the FedExCup Playoffs and everything, a win means a lot from a points perspective and everything else. Got to be aggressive and go out and try to win."
Mahan thinks 11 or 12 under might be the magic number come Sunday afternoon. He calls Ridgewood, where the fairways are lined by lush rough, an "extreme" test, even though he once shot 62 there.
"I think it's a great challenge for me to work on being patient and work on being very present in what I have to do right now," Mahan said. "It's a great challenge to do that. Especially when you're so close to something that you really want so badly and how one thing can lead to a lot of other things.
"I have to work really hard on being patient and present in the moment and being completely focused on the shot ahead of me, not the shot in front of me or behind me or what could happen. I just have to be so in the moment right now."
Hunter Mahan capitalizes with a 15-foot birdie putt at Barclays
BY THE NUMBERS
Category Player(s) Statistic(s) Driving distance Henrik Stenson 313.5 yards Driving accuracy K.J. Choi, Graeme Mcdowell, David Toms 13 of 14 (92.86 percent) Longest Drive Jason Bohn 347 yards Greens in Regulations Jerry Kelly 16 of 18 (88.89 percent) Scrambling Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Jim Furyk, Morgan Hoffmann, Jerry Kelly, Brendan Steele, Gary Woodland 100 percent Strokes gained-putting Jason Day 4.455 Total birdies Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, David Hearn, Kevin Streelman 7 Longest putt Chris Stroud 57 feet, 7 inches Lowest score Morgan Hoffmann 66 Bogey-free rounds Jim Furyk, Morgan Hoffmann, Gary Woodland
Hardest Hole Par-4 No. 11 4.241 Easiest Hole Par-4 No. 16 3.734
ODDS & ENDS
Jim Furyk's Playoffs performance in the eight-year history of the competition has been unparalled as Furyk has shot par or better 85 times in 104 rounds. And who could forget that 59 he shot in the third round of last year's BMW Championship? ...
The 68 Hunter Mahan shot on Saturday was his eighth straight round of par-or-better, which dates back to the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The last time he had a better stretch was at the beginning of the 2013 season. ...
Defending champion Adam Scott couldn't get untracked on Saturday, despite starting the third round with a share of the lead. He shot a 75 and will start the final round at 4 under and five strokes behind. He came from six strokes off the pace to win a year ago at Liberty National.
BEST OF SOCIAL MEDIA:
Just couldn't get it going on the greens at all today... New day tomorrow and not as far back as I thought I'd be at the end of the day!— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) August 23, 2014
Amazing stat -- Jim Furyk has shot more sub-par rounds (85 of 104) in the #FedExCup Playoffs than anyone else.— helen ross (@helen_pgatour) August 23, 2014
BEST OF PHIL
For the second straight day, Phil Mickelson found himself hitting off turf in the same hospitality area on the driveable par-4 fifth hole. And once again, Mickelson thrilled the fans. For more on this story click here.
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THEY SAID IT
"There are a ton of players within three shots of the lead, so my goal really is to go out there and kind of not look at the leaderboard, just go play my own game, my own style and hopefully get that putter a little hotter earlier today." - Co-leader Jim Furyk on the outlook for the final round
"It may not be the ultimate layout for me. I play a left-to-right ball. This golf course has a lot of right-to-left holes. It might not be the course I would say is tailor made for my game. But I've certainly played some awfully good golf here." - Matt Kuchar, who won The Barclays at Ridgewood in 2010 and is two shots off the lead.
"Never found it. So whoever finds that ball, they can keep it if they want. It obviously deserves to stay there." - Jason Day, who is tied for the lead with Jim Furyk, on the ball he lost in the rough on the 13th hole.
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