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  • Furyk recovers to stay in lead at BMW

  • LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jim Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn Saturday in the third round of the BMW Championship.
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  • LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jim Furyk recovered from a sluggish start with three birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn Saturday in the third round of the BMW Championship.
    A three-putt bogey from 30 feet on the par-5 18th forced him to settle for a 2-under 69 and a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker
    It was a far different finish from Friday, when Furyk hit a wedge to 3 feet for birdie on his final hole (No. 9) for a 12-under 59, becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to hit golf's magic number.
    No one expected another round like that from him — though Matt Kuchar had a 61 in the morning when conditions were calm — with firm fairways, fast greens and increasing wind. Furyk did enough to give himself another chance to end three years without a victory.
    But his work is far from over.
    He was at 13-under 200 and will be paired in the final group with longtime friend Stricker, who holed out for eagle from the 15th fairway and had a 64.
    Brandt Snedeker, tied with Furyk to start the third round, got up-and-down from behind the 18th green for birdie to get back to even-par 71 for the day and remain in the hunt just two shots behind.
    And very much in the picture was Tiger Woods, who was four shots back.
    LPGA Tour
    At Evian-Les-Bains, France, with teen amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand in pursuit, Mika Miyazato of Japan held a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Evian Championship.
    Miyazato shot a 2-under 69 and was at 8 under with a round to go in the fifth and last women's major of the year. The four-round tournament was cut to 54 holes after rain left the greens soggy.
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