Jim Furyk and Davis Love III share the lead after three rounds of the McGladrey Classic, a PGA Tour event in Georgia.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Despite limited play in 2 ½ weeks after a disappointing Ryder Cup, Jim Furyk has had three solid days in the McGladrey Classic.
Furyk shot a 4-under-par 66 Saturday to share the lead with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.
Love has played every week since the U.S. team lost to Europe in the Ryder Cup, and the 48-year-old tournament host made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 66.
Furyk and Love are at 13-under 197 entering Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour event at Sea Island. The last American to win on the Tour after being Ryder Cup captain was Tom Watson in 1996.
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Love has won 20 times on the PGA Tour and Furyk has 16 victories.
This is the last official tournament of the year for Furyk, who has said a McGladrey victory would not erase memories of his failure to hold leads at the U.S. Open in June, the Bridgestone Invitational in August, and a 1-up lead over European Sergio Garcia with two holes to play in the Ryder Cup.
“I’m tougher on myself — I promise — than anyone else is,” the 42-year-old Furyk said. “So I’ve kicked myself 100 times already. And I’ve gotten over it.”
Furyk added, “There’s nothing I can do to change it. And nothing I do in the future is going to change it. … I’m excited for this season to be over, only for the fact that I can turn the page and we can start talking about the future.”
D.J. Trahan (66) and Arjun Atwal (69) are tied for third place at 11 under.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (71) didn’t advance to the final round.
• Scott Steele, caddie for Pullman High School graduate Kirk Triplett, died Friday night. He was 55.
Steele had a heart attack in a parking lot before last Sunday’s final round of the Greater Hickory Classic, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in Conover, N.C. Triplett, 50, withdrew before that round.
“He may be gone, but he will continue to be an inspiration to me and many others for a long time to come,” Triplett said of Steele.
• Suzann Pettersen of Norway shot a 4-under 68 to extend her lead to five strokes after two rounds of the LPGA Tour HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.
Pettersen was at 13-under 131. So Yeon Ryu (70) of South Korea was in second place.