Love, Furyk share lead at McGladrey Classic
Sea Island, GA (Sports Network) - Looking to erase the sting of their historic loss at Medinah, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk both fired a 4-under-par 66 on Saturday to share the lead after three rounds of the McGladrey Classic at the Seaside Course.
Love, who captained the U.S. during its stunning Ryder Cup collapse three weeks ago, rolled home a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to pull even with Furyk at 13-under 197.
"I'm just trying to keep focused on what I'm doing," said Love. "I've been working hard the last three weeks to try to get in position to win a golf tournament."
Furyk, one of Love's captain's picks, closed the third round with eight straight pars.
"I had a lot of momentum going there through 10 and then just kind of stalled out," said Furyk. "I needed to see a couple more putts go in to keep the charge going."
D.J. Trahan (66) and second-round leader Arjun Atwal (69) share third place at 11-under, while first-round leader Bud Cauley (68) sits alone in fifth at 10- under.
Defending champion Ben Crane made the cut by one shot on Friday, then reeled off a course record-tying 62 on Saturday to move into a tie for sixth at 9- under with Charles Howell III (67), Rory Sabbatini (67), Will Claxton (65) and Mathew Goggin (68).
Crane recorded back-to-back birdies four different times during his bogey- free third round.
The man likely to replace Love as American Ryder Cup captain, David Toms, shot 70 and is tied for 11th with seven others, including Vijay Singh (68), at 8- under.
Love, a Sea Island resident and this week's tournament host, is searching for his 21st career PGA Tour win and first since 2008.
The 48-year-old opened with a trio of pars and a bogey on No. 4 before tallying three birdies in a four-hole stretch to reach the turn at 2-under.
Another birdie on No. 11 was offset by a bogey on the par-4 13th, but Love played the par-5 15th at 1-under before rolling home his birdie attempt on the last to pull even.
"Jim showed me on that last hole," said Love. "His ball took a dive at the hole and I played it three or four inches out farther than I thought and it went right in."
Furyk, meanwhile, will look to close strong on Sunday after a string of disappointing 2012 finishes.
In Medinah, he was 1-up against Sergio Garcia on the 17th tee before dropping the final two holes to lose a critical full point.
Also this season, Furyk placed second at both the Transitions Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational and stumbled to a fourth-place finish after holding the lead at the U.S. Open.
NOTES: Furyk is seeking his 17th PGA Tour win and first since 2010...Atwal owns one PGA Tour victory and that came at the 2010 Wyndham Championship...Last week's Frys.com Open winner, Jonas Blixt, missed the second cut on Saturday.
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