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Rickie Fowler surges into lead at the Barclays

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Rickie Fowler is playing so well that he can't stop looking behind instead of considering the opportunity that lies ahead at the Barclays.

His wedge to 5 feet for birdie on the 18th hole Saturday not only gave him 3-under 68 and a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed, it was his 45th straight hole without bogey at Bethpage Black.

In three rounds, he has made one bogey. That was on the ninth hole Thursday, a 4-foot putt that spun hard around the cup back at him. And yes, it still gnaws at him.

"Unfortunately, that one bogey … it was more than a 180-degree lip-out," he said with a smile. "So it was basically like going 54 holes, no bogeys. Around this place, I'm happy about that. It's been very close to having the game be where it is right now."

Fowler is in solid position to win for the first time on the PGA Tour in a year and to play his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team. This is the final tournament for Americans to earn one of the eight automatic spots for the matches at Hazeltine at the end of next month.

Fowler was at 9-under 204.

Reed, the second-round leader, overcame three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the front nine and was tied for the lead on the back nine until the final two holes. He missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the 17th, and his 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole missed weakly to the right. He still managed 71.

CHAMPIONS: Gene Sauers took the lead at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., two weeks after his breakthrough victory in the U.S. Senior Open. Sauers two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th for 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Joe Durant. The three-time PGA Tour winner had 12-under 132 total. Durant birdied the last for 65. Kirk Triplett, tied for the first-round lead with Sauers after 65, had 71 to drop into a tie for fifth at 8 under.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn missed a chance to take a big lead into the final round of the Canadian Pacific Open, making two late bogeys in Priddis, Alberta. Jutanugarn bogeyed the par-4 16th and par-5 18th for 5-under 67. At 17-under 199, she had a two-stroke lead over In Gee Chun (66).

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