Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, August 5, 2012
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A steady diet of pars kept Jim Furyk in the lead Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational, but not by much.
Furyk made his only birdie on the par-5 second hole and had to rely on a couple of strong par saves on the back nine at Firestone for an even-par 70, giving him a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen going into the final round of this World Golf Championship.
Furyk began the week with a 63, and he's not sure he didn't hit the ball better in the third round. Under three days of sun-baked conditions, the greens lost their moisture and enough wind arrived to make players think more than they would prefer.
Oosthuizen had to scramble for pars at the start before he settled into his round of 68.
Keegan Bradley, who can move into the top eight in the Ryder Cup standings with a runner-up finish, had a 67 and was four shots behind. He will be in the final group Sunday, when the tee times are pushed forward to avoid thunderstorms forecast throughout the day.
Rory McIlroy, with an outside chance of returning to No. 1 in the world if he were to win, had a 67 and joined Steve Stricker (68) at 6-under 204, five shots behind.
Top-ranked Luke Donald also was chipping away, as he often does, until he hit a tree on the last for a bogey for a 71, falling seven shots back.
Tiger Woods broke par for the first time all week, though his 68 left him 11 shots behind on a Firestone course where he has won seven times.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — J.J. Henry had an eagle for the third straight day and scored 14 points to take the third-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open.
John Daly and Justin Leonard were among more than a dozen players within striking distance in the PGA Tour's first modified Stableford scoring system event since 2006.
Henry had 36 points overall, three more than second-round leader Alexandre Rocha in the format that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie and none for par. Players are docked a point for bogey and three points for anything worse.
John Mallinger was third at 32, followed by first-round leader Andres Romero with 31.
Daly had an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys to get into a tie for fifth with Bull Lunde and Gary Christian at 28. Leonard was next with 26.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — David Peoples matched his career best with a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.
Peoples, who twice shot 62 on the PGA Tour, had a 14-under 130 total. He got into the field Tuesday when Russ Cochran withdrew because of a back injury.
The 52-year-old Peoples made six straight birdies at the TPC Twin Cities to get to 10 under through seven holes. He also birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 and closed with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Eduardo Romero was second after a 65, and Joe Daley was another stroke back after a 67.
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