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.
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