Furyk leading by one shot entering last round at PGAPITTSFORD, New York - The final moments Saturday at Oak Hill brought out more emotion as big putts kept falling in the PGA Championship, with one big difference.
These putts were for par.
Jim Furyk, after striking a poor 3-wood off the 18th tee, curled a 15-foot putt from the fringe into the left corner of the cup to salvage a one-shot lead heading into the final round, emphatically shaking his fist.
Grinding to the end in swirling wind that cast doubt on so many shots, Furyk closed with two big putts - one for birdie to regain the lead, the other for par to keep it - that gave him a 2-under 68 and a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner going into the final round.
There was nothing fancy about the way he worked his way to the top of the leaderboard at 9-under 201, but then, that’s rarely the case with Furyk. He made three birdies and two tough pars on the back nine, and the one bogey was a bunker shot that hit the pin and rolled 7 feet away.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile, will have to wait eight more months to end his drought in the majors. He opened with two bogeys in the first three holes and shot a 73 to fall 13 shots behind. It was a shocking performance from the world’s No. 1 player, mainly because he was coming off an eight-shot win at Firestone. Woods has made only seven birdies in 54 holes - four of them on par 3s.