Jim Furyk carded a four-under par round of 67 to take a slender one-shot lead into the final round of the Verizon Heritage Classic in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Furyk, bidding to exorcise a horror show at last weekend’s US Masters at Augusta holed an 11-foot putt on the 18th hole for birdie to edge ahead of Englishman Brian Davis. The world number six is also bidding to record a second tournament win in five weeks, and on this week’s showing has every chance of doing so.
However, the challengers are lining up to take a crack at the Ryder Cup stalwart, with Davis just one behind following his round of 66, while no less than seven players tie for third place, just two behind Furyk. The group includes two of our tipster’s three selections, with both Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum in the midst of the group alongside Canada’s Stephen Ames, United States’ Briny Baird, Woody Austin and Ricky Barnes, and England’s Luke Donald.
Furyk began the day tied for the lead with fellow American Charles Howell III and England’s Greg Owen, but while Furyk strengthened his position the others dropped back through the field; 73s for each player dropping them both into a share of 24th place.
In total, 23 players are within five shots of the lead and every one of them could take a hand in the finish. There’s a long way for Furyk to go before he can claim that second title of 2010.
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