NEW YORK: Rickie Fowler fired a bogey-free 68, closing with a five-foot birdie putt on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for a one shot lead after the third round of The Barclays, the first of four PGA Tour playoff events.
Fowler is at nine-under 204 overall and has a slim lead over 36-hole leader and fellow American Patrick Reed, who shot a 70.
The 27-year-old California native has three career PGA Tour victories, all of which have come after trailing through 36 holes.
Fowler’s most recent victory came at last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the next event on the playoff schedule, where he earned a one-stroke win over Swede Henrik Stenson.
Aussie Adam Scott posted a 65 that was the low score of the tournament and is two shots back in solo third at Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, New York.
Martin Laird of Scotland had a 69 and is another stroke back on a tie for fourth with Emiliano Grillo of Argentina.
Defending champion and top-ranked Jason Day of Australia (70), Justin Thomas (66), Kevin Streelman (67) and Gary Woodland (68) are four shots behind in a tie for sixth.
Reigning US Open champ and world number two Dustin Johnson didn’t let an equipment malfunction spoil his round of 67. He is in a six-way tie for 10th, five shots adrift of Fowler.
World No. 3 Jordan Spieth (72) is six strokes back and tied for 16th, world No. 5 Rory McIlroy (71) of Northern Ireland is a shot back of Spieth and tied for 22nd.