LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jim Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn Saturday in the third round of the BMW Championship.
A three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th forced him to settle for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker
It was a far different finish from Friday, when Furyk hit a wedge to 3 feet for birdie on his final hole (No. 9) for a 12-under 59, becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to hit golf’s magic number.
No one expected another round like that from him — though Matt Kuchar had a 61 in the morning when conditions were calm — with firm fairways, fast greens and increasing wind. Furyk did enough to give himself another chance to end three years without a victory.
But his work is far from over.
He was at 13-under 200 and will be paired in the final group with longtime friend Stricker, who holed out for eagle from the 15th fairway and had a 64.
Brandt Snedeker, tied with Furyk to start the third round, got up-and-down from behind the 18th green for birdie to get back to even-par 71 for the day and remain in the hunt just two shots behind.
And very much in the picture was Tiger Woods, who was four shots back.
Even after watching video evidence, Woods still doesn’t think he deserved a two-shot penalty at the end of his second round when his ball moved ever so slightly behind the first green. Video from a camera man hired by PGA Tour Entertainment showed the golf ball dip down as Woods was removing a twig before playing a shot from the trees.
Woods argued that it only oscillated, returning to its original position. The chief rules official at the PGA Tour determined otherwise.
“As I said, from my vantage point, I thought it just oscillated and that was it,” Woods said Saturday after shooting a 5-under 66 at Conway Farms. “They replayed it again and again and again. And I felt the same way.”
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — With teen amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in pursuit, Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Evian Championship.
Miyazato shot a 2-under 69 and was at 8 under with a round to go in the fifth and last women’s major of the year. The four-round tournament was cut to 54 holes after rain left the greens soggy. The course dried out somewhat but more showers are forecast for Sunday’s final round.
Ko, who is only 16 yet plays with great composure, had four birdies in an error-free 67. Her only problem seemed to be her glasses, which did not cooperate in the damp weather.
Miyazato, whose day started with bogeys on the first two holes, is looking for her first U.S. LPGA title this year. Suzann Pettersen of Norway bogeyed her two holes on the back nine but had four birdies — as did Miyazato — for a 69 to share second with Ko.
ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — Joost Luiten mastered wet and windy conditions to shoot a 4-under 66 and take a one-shot lead after the third round of the KLM Open.
Luiten, aiming to become the first home winner of the tournament since Maarten Lafeber won the then-Dutch Open in 2003, chipped in twice during a round that featured six birdies and two bogeys. He has a 10-under total of 200 going into Sunday’s final round.
Overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain slipped to second with a 70 at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club.
Blustery winds and heavy rain made conditions tough on the links course on the North Sea coast west of Amsterdam.