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The Tour Report

October 20 2012

5:19 PM

Round 3 recap: Furyk, Love on top

Round 3 highlights

Jim Furyk and Davis Love III are tied at the top of The McGladrey Classic.

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Jim Furyk is looking at his upcoming final round at The McGladrey Classic as an opportunity. An opportunity to win for the first time since 2010. An opportunity to end a tough season on a positive note. Furyk carded a 4-under 66 in the third round to tie tournament host Davis Love III (66) for the 54-hole lead at 13 under on Saturday. Furyk and Love, both coming off the nightmare finish at the Ryder Cup, will be paired together in the final round on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club. Furyk, 42, lost in a four-man playoff at the Transitions Championship, lost the lead through 69 holes at the U.S. Open, double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational and recently bogeyed the final two holes to lose a Sunday singles match to Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup. "You get your tail kicked in this game a lot, and I think it makes the good times and the wins that much sweeter ...," said Furyk, a 16-time TOUR winner. "I'm not one of those people that after those events, I never sat back and didn't work. It made me work harder." "He was real close to an All-Star, hero year," Love said of Furyk. "And that showed today. He came out firing and looked like he was going to birdie every hole." Furyk started with a 42-footer on the second, and added birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 10. He came in with low expectations after taking a break following the Americans' meltdown at Medinah. He's played loose all week and he says that strategy won't change on Sunday. The leaders tee off at 1:15 p.m. ET. "If I now said, 'OK, I'm tied for the lead and there's only one round to go and I try to flip my mindset, I'm going to get tight and it's going to be harder to score," Furyk said. "...I had played a lot of golf; I was tired, so I was trying to get away and felt that was the best thing I could do at the time, so I came in here just not really expecting that much. "I know I'm playing well, I know my game's in good shape, so let's see what happens. And I'm going to do the same thing tomorrow." Love, meanwhile, hasn't won since 2008. He's using a belly putter this week and ranks in the top 20 in strokes gained-putting. He said being the Ryder Cup Captain inspired him to play well during the Fall Series. "It certainly motivated me," Love said. Furyk and Love, 48, lead D.J. Trahan (66) and Arjun Atwal (69) by two shots. Bud Cauley, seeking his first win on the TOUR, is three shots back after a 68. Defending champion Ben Crane rocketed up the leaderboard with a third-round 62. Crane, who came from behind to win last season, made the cut on the number and moved into a tie for sixth place, four shots back "I felt like I was out of the tournament back there at 1 under par starting out the day," said Crane, who made up a seven-shot deficit in the final 11 holes to win last season. "But a 62, we’re back in it. Get out there tomorrow and see if I can hot again."
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