MONTREAL – Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal.
The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He won the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles in 2010.
(I’m) not really worrying about what position I’m in, Furyk said about his approach today. Not looking at the leaderboard too much. Going out there and trying to attack the golf course the same way I have the first three days. I noticed there aren’t many leaderboards on the course, that might be a good thing.
Coming off a final-round 65 in a fourth-place finish last week in the British Open, Furyk has had only one bogey – on the fourth hole of the first round – at Royal Montreal. He leads the field in greens in regulation, hitting 45 of 54 greens, and his tied for third in fairways hit at 33 of 42.
South Africa’s Tim Clark was second after a 64 on the tree-lined Blue Course.
The guys that are out there who have played well for three days are all capable, Furyk said. Timmy Clark’s got a lot of experience. Kyle’s won before.
Clark had a birdie-eagle start.
It’s always great to get off to a good start, Clark said. Saturdays are normally the toughest day to score on, so you dream of a start like that.
He tied for fifth two weeks ago in the John Deere Classic, helping to turn around a middling season that included a problem with his left elbow.
Right now I feel good and I am able to swing how I want to, Clark said. Three months ago I started to hit the ball good again, but I just wasn’t scoring. Finally, the last few tournaments, I’ve started to score.
Kyle Stanley had a 68 to reach 10 under, and Jamie Lovemark was another stroke back after a 67.
LPGA: In Owings Mills, Maryland, Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu both birdied the first playoff hole as South Korea eliminated the top-seeded United States and earned a wild-card berth in the final round of the International Crown.
The Koreans will join Spain, Thailand, Japan and Sweden on Sunday in a duel for title.
After the American team of Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson beat Thai sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn 3 and 2, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Onnarin Sattayabanphot edged the team of Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis 1-up to leave the U.S. in third place in Pool A.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: In Bridgend, Wales, Bernhard Langer takes an eight-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior British Open championship after shooting a 3-under 68 at Royal Porthcawl on for a 14-under 199.
Canadian Rick Gibson is his nearest challenger at 6-under 207 after a 5-under 66, hitting back with six birdies after dropping a shot at the first. Bob Tway of the United States is third, a further stroke back after a 68
SENIOR: In Moscow, England’s David Horsey and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford share the lead, four shots clear of their nearest rivals, heading into the final round of the Russian Open.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson (69), Italy’s Andrea Pavan (64) and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (72) share third place at 9-under.
WEB.COM: In Overland Park, Kansas, Jarrod Lyle shot a 3-under 68 in the Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic, leaving the Australian 11 strokes behind Zack Sucher in his first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia
The 32-year-old Lyle was tied for 23rd at 9-under 204 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He eagled the par-4 18th for a back-nine 31.
Sucher shot a 64, making eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch. He was 20 under. Aaron Watkins was second at 17 under after a 64.