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Rochester, 11 August
Jim Furyk sank long putts on the final two holes to grab a one-stroke lead over fellow American Jason Dufner after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship.
Furyk, whose lone major title came at the 2003 US Open, made a 14-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole and sank a 10-foot par putt from the greenside fringe at the 18th to finish a two-under par 68 and stand on nine-under par 201 after 54 holes at Oak Hill Country Club.
"That was big," Furyk said of his par save. "It’s a nice way to finish the day."
Dufner was one stroke back on 202 with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson on 203, Swede Jonas Blixt fourth on 204 after the day’s only bogey-free round at 66, and Masters champion Adam Scott sharing fifth with American Steve Stricker on 205.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy and England’s Lee Westwood, seeking his first major title in his 62nd try after a fistful of near misses, were together in seventh on 207.
Furyk went bogey-bogey at the second and third holes but adjusted his putting stroke and bounced back with birdies at the par-5 fourth, then the eighth, 10th and 12th holes and after a bogey at the par-3 14th he birdied 17.
"The greens are a touch faster," Furyk said. "After those bogeys I told myself, ‘I’ve got to readjust the machine from here on.’ From there, it didn’t really bother me."
Furyk owned the 54-hole lead in four tournaments last year but did not win any of them. His last victory came in the 2010 US PGA Tour Championship.
A day after Dufner torched a rain-soaked layout for a 63 to match the lowest round in major golf history, he could only manage a 71 in perfect conditions.