Furyk one clear at Tour Championship

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ATLANTA -- Jim Furyk only managed an even-par 70 on Saturday, but it was enough to stay atop the leaderboard after the third round of the Tour Championship. Furyk finished 54 holes at eight-under 202 and is one stroke clear of fellow second-round co-leader Luke Donald (71) and Retief Goosen (66) at East Lake Golf Club. Geoff Ogilvy shot a two-over 72 and is fourth at minus-five. This is the final event in the PGA Tour playoffs and at the completion of the event, the FedEx Cup champion will be crowned. The top five in playoff points control their own destiny and with a win, they'd win the FedEx Cup. Furyk is 11th in playoff points and based on the play thus far of leader Matt Kuchar, Furyk would win the FedEx Cup if he is able to capture the Tour Championship. Kuchar is first on the playoff points race, but a two-over 72 on Saturday left him in a tie for 23rd at plus-four. Paul Casey was fifth in points at the start of the week and is still in the mix. He shot a one-under 69 on Saturday and is tied for fifth with Kevin Na (69) at four-under 206. Charley Hoffman is a stroke behind Casey after a Saturday 69. Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker, the final two members of the top five in playoff points, are well out of contention. Defending Tour Champion Phil Mickelson still has an outside shot with a big Sunday. He managed a two-under 68 on Saturday and is tied for ninth place at minus-one. But it's Furyk who's in command not only for the tournament, but for that FedEx Cup title and the $10 million first prize. "I'll be excited," said Furyk in a television interview. "I'll relax this afternoon and evening and I'll be ready to go in the morning." He didn't get off to the kind of start one thinks of in a leader. Furyk parred his first nine holes, but found serious trouble at the par-four 10th. He drove into the left rough, then his approach came up short of the green. Furyk chunked his pitch into a greenside bunker and that resulted in a bogey. After an up-and-down birdie at the par-five ninth from Donald, Furyk was now two behind at minus-seven. Donald stayed two in front for a few holes, but Furyk chipped away thanks to a tap-in birdie at the 14th. The par-five 15th proved to be a swing hole. Both players laid up with their second shots. Furyk hit his third to 10 feet, but Donald hit a terrible wedge into a greenside bunker. Donald blasted out to 18 feet and ran his par putt four feet past the stick. Furyk drained his birdie putt to reach nine-under par, then Donald missed the four-footer for bogey. Furyk was now two clear of Donald after the three-shot swing. "Hit a poor tee shot and hit a horrible wedge shot and from there it just got worse," said Donald in a televised interview. "We'll try and forget that one." Goosen birdied the 16th from nine feet out and was within one of Furyk. Goosen couldn't save par from a bunker at the par-three last and signed for his 66 and seven-under total. At the par-four 17th, Furyk drove into a fairway trap and came up short and right with his second. He came up short and right with his third as well and walked off with a bogey. Furyk was still one ahead of Goosen and Donald, who missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th. Both Furyk and Donald hit decent shots into the 18th green. Furyk lagged his birdie try to three feet and Donald nearly holed his long birdie putt. He settled for par, as did Furyk, and now the lead is Furyk's alone. With all that's at stake this weekend, Furyk heeded the advice of his father and swing coach. Mike Furyk told his son before the round, "just play golf." "He tends to think I get a little mechanical out there, start trying too hard and worry too much about the way I'm hitting the ball," Furyk told NBC. "He's absolutely right." NOTES: Nick Watney shot a tournament-record 28 on the back nine Saturday. He fired a seven-under 63, the low round of the tournament, and is alone in eighth at two-under par...If Goosen or Donald wins on Sunday, and Kuchar continues to struggle, either player would win the FedEx Cup...With storms forecast for Sunday afternoon, tee times were moved up to the morning.

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