PARAMUS, US: Australia’s Jason Day endured a roller-coaster round while American Jim Furyk was steady and consistent as they shared the lead after Saturday’s (Sunday in Manila) third round of the PGA Barclays tournament.
Day fired a three-under par 68 that included seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey while Furyk shot a bogey-free 69 to leave them level for the lead on nine-under 204 after 54 holes in the first event of the US PGA’s season-ending playoffs.
“It was an interesting day,” Day said. “I’m really excited to get back into contention again.”
Hunter Mahan was third on 205 with seven US compatriots another stroke adrift — Cameron Tringale, Brendon Todd, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Na, Morgan Hoffmann, Kevin Chappell and Bo Van Pelt.
A field of 125 qualifiers based on points will be trimmed for next week’s Boston event and then cut again for the third stop in Chicago before only 30 players advance to the Tour Championship next month in Atlanta.
Day seeks his first victory since the World Golf Championships Match Play tournament in February.
Furyk has not won a title since the 2010 Tour Championship, missing out seven times when leading or sharing the lead after 54 holes entering his next chance to snap that streak Sunday.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, seeking his fourth win in a row on a streak that includes the British Open and PGA Championship, fired a 70 to stand on 209, five strokes off the pace.