Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shootout looming for crowded Barclays field

PARAMUS, N.J. — Jim Furyk was steady. Jason Day was wild. Both wound up with a share of the lead Saturday at the Barclays.

Day lost his golf ball in a mound of high grass and took double bogey on the par-5 13th, the third-easiest hole at Ridgewood Country Club. He also took four shots to get down from a bunker on the par-5 17th for bogey. But the Australian made enough birdies for 3-under 68.

Furyk played bogey-free for 69 and joined Day in the lead at 9-under 204. Hunter Mahan was tied for the lead until his bogey on No. 18 for 68, leaving him one shot back. Adam Scott, tied for the lead going into the third round, made only one bogey and shot 75 to fall five shots behind.

The final round of this opening FedEx Cup playoff event was shaping up as a shootout, with 15 players separated by three shots.

"There's a ton of guys between 5- and 9-under par," Furyk said. "Going to be a little bit of a shootout (today). So I'm happy to be at 9 (under) and looking forward to it.''

Morgan Hoffman had the day's best round with bogey-free 66 and was in the group at 7-under 206. Ernie Els (71) is in the group at 6-under 207.

Missing from the mix was Rory McIlroy. The British Open and PGA champion shot 70 and was five shots behind at 4-under 209. Bubba Watson (71) was also five shots back.

Phil Mickelson missed the 54-hole cut, which is in effect when more than 78 players make the 36-hole cut. For the second straight day, Mickelson hit his tee shot onto the terrace of a grandstand left of the fifth green. This time, he saved par. Mickelson finished with 75 and headed home.

Furyk has gone nearly four years without a victory. Since winning the Tour Championship in 2010, Furyk has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead seven times and has failed to convert. His last chance was a month ago in the Canadian Open, where Tim Clark beat him by a shot.

LPGA: Azahara Munoz tied the London Hunt and Country Club course record at 9-under 63 and moved into a tie for second place at the Canadian Women's Open in London, Ontario. So Yeon Ryu (67) leads the field at 20-under 196, while Munoz and Na Yeon Choi (66) are four strokes back. Brittany Lincicome of Seminole (68) was at 12-under 204.

CHAMPIONS: Scott Dunlap led the Boeing Classic after his second-round 9-under 63 at Snoqualmie, Wash. Dunlap birdied five of his final seven holes for a two-day 12-under 132. Doug Garwood (66) is a stroke back at 11-under 133.

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