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Furyk alone in lead at BMW Championship

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jim Furyk was 10 shots worse and right where he wanted to be Saturday in the BMW Championship.

One day after Furyk shot 12-under 59 to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot golf's magic number, he did enough right on the back nine at Conway Farms for a third-round 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker (64).

"The goal was to go out and shoot a good number (Saturday), get myself in position to win this golf tournament," said Furyk, at 13-under 200. "It could have been better out there. … I'd probably tend to want to think about (today) and what I have to do to try to win a golf tournament."

Furyk has failed to convert at least a share of the 54-hole lead into a win in his past four attempts, two of them at major championships. And plenty of stars were lined up behind him, including Tiger Woods.

Woods was still fuming after being handed a two-shot penalty Friday when his ball appeared to shift as he was removing a twig near it before a shot from the woods. But he ran off six birdies in seven holes in the middle of his round and finished with 66, which tied his lowest weekend round on the tour this year and left him 9 under.

"I had a nice little run to at least get myself in there where I have a chance (today)," Woods said.

Woods, in his first comments about the penalty, said he was "pretty hot because I felt like nothing happened. I felt like the ball oscillated, and that was it. They replayed (a video of what happened) again and again and again, and I felt the same way."

Woods was assessed a two-shot penalty because tour vice president of competition Slugger White deemed Woods caused his ball to move when attempting to remove debris near it behind the first green. The infraction was reported to officials by someone editing video of Woods taken by a PGA Tour Entertainment videographer.

Miyazato keeps major lead

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — With teen amateur Lydia Ko in pursuit, Mika Miyazato held a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Evian Championship. Miyazato shot 2-under 69 and was at 8-under 134 with a round to go in the fifth and last women's major of the year.

The tournament was cut to 54 holes Friday after rain left the greens soggy. Play was called off after less than an hour Thursday because of heavy rain, and the scores were wiped out.

Ko, 16, shot 4-under 67. She was tied for second with Suzann Pettersen (69). Stacy Lewis, chasing her second major title this season after winning the British Open, was two shots back after 67. Also making the cut of 4-over 146 were Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (70) at 1 over and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) at 4 over. Missing the cut was Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (76) at 8 over.

Furyk alone in lead at BMW Championship 09/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:09pm]
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