JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland exchanged birdies and bad breaks and wound up tied for the lead at The Barclays.
Kuchar, who completed five holes of his second round in the rain-delayed event Saturday morning, was tied with Woodland on the reachable par-4 16th hole when his putt ran into a sprinkler and stopped, costing him a reasonable chance at a birdie. He wound up with a 1-under-par 70 in the third round.
Woodland had a one-shot lead until his tee shot on the 17th plugged in the far end of the fairway bunker, effectively costing him a full shot. He blasted out sideways, made a bogey and had to settle for a 68.
They were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell, who surpassed the tournament course record with a bogey-free 62.
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Top-ranked Tiger Woods (69) and David Lynn (69) were tied for fourth place at 8 under in the first of four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.
Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup was tied for 19th place at 5 under and Kyle Stanley (76) of Gig Harbor was tied for 48th at even par.
Players with scores above par after 36 holes missed the cut, a group that included ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee at 2 over.
The top 100 players in FedEx Cup points advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts Friday in Norton, Mass.
• Caroline Hedwall of Sweden shot a 6-under 64 in the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta, to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen (65) of Norway and defending champion Lydia Ko (67), a 16-year-old amateur from New Zealand.
Hedwall was at 10 under for 54 holes.
• Matt Bettencourt and Bronson La’Cassie shot 6-under 65s in the third round and share the lead at 17 under in the Cox Classic, a Web.com Tour event in Omaha, Neb.
Series leader Michael Putnam (65) of University Place was tied for fourth place at 15 under and ex-Washington Husky Alex Prugh (66) of Spokane was tied for seventh at 13 under.
Putnam dealt with flu discomfort Friday and managed to shoot a second-round 66.