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Furyk overtakes Dufner, grabs one-shot PGA Championship lead

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Jim Furyk (above) tees off at the third hole on Saturday. After a record-tying 63 on Friday, Jason Dufner (below) shot a 71 on Saturday. (Photos by Keith Walters)
Rochester Business Journal
August 10, 2013

Jim Furyk notched his second straight 68 Saturday and heads into Sunday's final round of the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club with a one-shot lead.

Furyk (click here for video) will be paired in the final group with Jason Dufner, the second-round leader who shot a 1-over par 71 on Saturday. The second-last group will be a pair of Swedes, Henrik Stenson (7-under) and Jonas Blixt (6-under). Either could become the first male from Sweden to win a major golf championship.

After two days in which rain softened the East Course and turned many spectator paths into mud fields, Saturday brought blue skies and much drier conditions. A swirling wind, however, posed a challenge for many players, especially those with earlier tee times.

While the lead changed hands Saturday, the low total remained the same: 9-under par. After a birdie on the 17th hole, Furyk needed to make a 15-foot putt for par on the final hole to keep his one-shot lead.

The two pre-tournament favorites, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, started the day with ground to make up; they ended it even farther off the lead. Woods shot a 3-over par 73 and is tied for 48th place, while Mickelson had an 8-over par 78 and fell to 10-over--the second-highest total among the 75 players who made the cut.

Notes after Round 3:

• Woods now has played seven PGA Championship rounds at Oak Hill, including four in 2003, and has yet to break par. The even-par 70 he shot Friday is his best score at Oak Hill.

• Mickelson’s 78 on Saturday tied his highest single-round score in PGA Championship play. Twice before he shot 78--and like Saturday, they came in the third round. (Click here for video.)

• This is the 56th PGA Championship played under the stroke-play format. So far, a player who led or shared the lead after three rounds has gone on to win the championship 31 times--a success rate of 61 percent. In the past five PGA Championships, only defending championship Rory McIlroy won after either leading alone or sharing the lead after three rounds.

• McIlroy birdied No. 17 and chipped in for another birdie at 18, for a 3-under 67. He is tied for seventh in the championship--the best 53-hole performance of former PGA champions now at Oak Hill.

• The first tee time Sunday is 8:25 a.m.; the final twosome of Furyk and Dufner tees off at 2:55 p.m.

Updated at 10 p.m.

For more tournament coverage, go to RBJ Extra: The 95th PGA Championship.

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