Jim Furyk didn't come close to matching his historic second round 59, but it was good enough for him to grab the outright lead headed into the final round of the 2013 BMW Championship.
Furyk shot a steady 69, while Steve Stricker shot the second lowest round of the day at 64 to come from six shots back at the start of the day to get into serious contention only a stroke back.
Stricker already had five birdies when he matched Furyk's previous day hole out from the 15th fairway, by dunking his wedge into the cup for eagle to move him to -7 on the day. His only bogie of the day on the 17th was followed by a closing birdie on 18 to finish the round.
Furyk had a two shot lead coming into the final hole, but he three putted the par five 18th green for bogie to drop a shot to finish the round.
"The goal was to go out and shoot a good number today, get myself in position to win this golf tournament," Furyk said. "It could have been better out there. … Obviously, I dropped that shot at 18, which I'm disappointed. It was probably one of the easier holes of the day. But I've got myself in good position, so rather than harp on the last hole, I'd probably tend to want to think about tomorrow and what I have to do to try to win a golf tournament."
Second round co-leader Brandt Snedeker had an up and down round, rallying from three early bogies to shoot an even round 71, leaving him in third alone two shots back at the close of the day. Zach Johnson's 69 left him three shots back in fourth.
Tiger Woods shrugged off the two shot penalty he was assessed by PGA Tour officials at the end of the second round, by carving out a very solid 66. The round left him in fifth alone four shots back, and put him in strong position to make a run if he can duplicate or better that effort on Sunday.
Woods got within two shots of the lead before putting his drive at the 15th in the water, leading to a bogie. He recovered later with a birdie to finish at 18.
Charl Schwartzel and Ryan Moore stand another stroke back at -8, tied for sixth entering the final round. Schwartzel's performance solidified his FedEx Cup standing. He likey will be playing in the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta for the very first time. Moore is projected to finish here in 36th place in FedEx Cup points. He'll need to go very low Sunday and move up the leaderboard to keep his FedEx Cup hopes alive.
Matt Kuchar, who had played poorly in the first two rounds, shot a brilliant 61 to move into a tie for 16th. While he never really flirted with matching Furyk's 59 from Friday, he did finish the round with three straight birdies. Kuchar is solidly in contention for the FedEx Cup title heading into next week.
A host of competitors will be playing for the FedEx Cup lives today. Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Harris English, D.A. Points, Nick Watney, Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, and Kevin Stadler all need either solid or spectacular rounds to day to either maintain position or surge into qualification. Only the top 30 in FedEx Cup points at the end of the day on Sunday will play next week in Atlanta.
With a $10 million prize awaiting the FedEx Cup winner, and with plenty of cash otherwise available to all those left standing next week, there's a lot of incentive to play the best golf in the 'tournament inside the tournament' going on at Conway Farms Golf Club.
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