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Furky, Day co-lead at The Barclays

Third round – PGA Tour – FedEx Cup Playoffs – The Barclays –Ridgewood Country Club – Paramus, New Jersey –

If the first FedEx Cup Playoff event of the season is any indication, this is going to be a wild and wide-open race to the PGA Tour’s TOUR Championship.

Thus far, overnight leaders have not fared well at Ridgewood Country Club. By day’s end Saturday after 54 holes, Jim Furyk and Jason Day assumed the lead at The Barclays at 9-under.

Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale were co-leaders at the halfway point, but they slipped back playing in the final pairing. Both shot over par with Scott, the defending champion at The Barclays, the most surprising performance. Scott was 4-over through 12 holes and ended up shooting 75.

Furyk, a 25-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com heading into the week, is without a victory in 2014 yet has a great opportunity to win the FedEx Cup like he did in 2010. His last victory was at the TOUR Championship that same season.

The veteran of 16 PGA Tour victories has a pair of runner-up finishes this year, but has struggled to close tournament especially when leading late. Furyk, 6th in the Official World Golf Ranking, played steady Saturday shooting 2-under par without making mistakes.

For Day, the Aussie was a rollercoaster Saturday coming off a 64 Friday. Day, 9th in the world rankings, reached 9-under and the lead until a double-bogey at the par-5 13th set him back. He rallied late with birdies on three of his last four holes despite shooting 3-over on the par-5s on the back nine.

After winning the WGC-Match Play title in February, Day was slowed by a wrist injury but appears ready to peak now. He backed up with second-round 64 with a 3-under-68.

Hunter Mahan, who is winless in 2014, is alone in third place at 8-under. He has been in the mix all week. Look for a host of players at 7-under at T-4 to have a shot Sunday to win including Matt Kuchar, Tringale, Kevin Na and Brendon Todd.

Look for one of the Top 10 players in the final pairing to a chance to win late Sunday.

Only the Top 100 after this week’s event advance in the Playoffs to the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at TPC Boston.

Other Golf News:

  • Azahara Munoz fired a 9-under-63 at the LPGA Tour’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to reach 16-under overall but trails Se-Yeon Ryu by four shots. Ryu, who has led since an opening-round 63, is looking for her first win of 2014. Ryu entered the week at 16-1 to win the title.
  • Henrik Stenson, who was just two back heading into round three at The Barclays, went out in 42 thanks to a string of bogeys and a 9 at the par-4 4th hole. He shot 77 – 13-shot swing from his Friday 64 – and sits now T-61.
  • Bradley Dredge (12-under) takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Tour’s D+D Real Czech Masters. Jamie Donaldson and Soren Kjeldsen are T-2 at 10-under, while Stephen Gallacher is still in the mix at 8-under. Dredge was a 50-1 betting selection.
  • World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is T-23 through 54 holes at Ridgewood tied with Scott and Masters champion Bubba Watson.
  • Thanks to a 9-under-63 in round two, Scott Dunlap leads the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour by a stroke at TPC Snoqualmie. Bernhard Langer (70-71) is T-28.