The way he plays north of the border, you’d never guess Jim Furyk is no Canadian, but a guy born in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The 44-year-old American who last won on the PGA Tour in 2010 fired a 5-under 65 to drop to 15-under for the tournament, taking a three-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round.
Only two players are within five strokes of Furyk headed to Sunday: South Africa’s Tim Clark, who shot a day’s best 64 to rise from ninth to second. He’s currently at 12-under; while American Kyle Stanley is at 10-under following a 68 on Saturday.
The Day One co-leaders have vanished down the leader board. Michael Putnam, who shot a 64 on Thursday, has followed that up with a 70 and a 69 to drop back to ninth, while 47-year-old Tim Petrovic, who entered the day tied with Furyk for first, fell apart and shot a 2-over 72 to drop to 8-under.
Furyk played his second straight bogey-free round, and has only had one for the entire tournament, that coming on the third hole of the first round.
Furyk previously won this tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Clark set his tone early with a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on No. 2. The US’ Jamie Lovemark is fourth at 9-under, followed by a tie of Petrovic, and fellow Americans Joe Durant and Scott Brown, and Canada’s Graham Delaet.
After tying the course record with a 63 on Friday, Delaet missed a golden opportunity to move up even higher as he was plagued by four bogeys that took the wind out of his eagle 3 on No. 12.