- Jim Furyk scored a 6-under 65 in the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to take the lead and put himself in contention to win the PGA Tour Champions season championship.
- On Saturday, Alker followed up his second-round 66 with four birdies and a bogey.
Jim Furyk’s tee shot on the par-3 15th hole at Phoenix Country Club barely cleared a bunker, nearly went into the hole and landed 3 feet away. Fans in the skyboxes sang the fight song from his alma mater as the former University of Arizona standout came up to the green. After holing the birdie putt, Furyk doffed his cap and waved once again.
With another round like this, he may be doing it all over again on Sunday, holding the Schwab Cup. Furyk shot a 6-under 65 in the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, putting him in a position to get the PGA Tour Champions season points title.
Furyk has been at ease all week at Phoenix Country Club, less than two hours away from Arizona, where he was a two-time All-American.
He started round three at Phoenix Country Club two strokes behind leader Kirk Triplett but immediately built up ground with an eagle on the par-5 1st hole. Playing with Phil Mickelson, a fan favorite and Arizona State alum, Furyk heard plenty of ASU chants during his round but received a pleasant serenade from Arizona fans following his near ace on No. 15.
Furyk finished his round by getting up-and-down for par on the par-5 18th for a bogey-free round of 16 under par, one better than Triplett’s 69. If Bernard Langer falters, Furyk can win his first Schwab Cup with a victory or a strong finish.
After turning 50 in July, Alker had no status and qualified for the Boeing Classic in August. Again, Jim went on a tear, finishing in the top ten every week to stay in the game and prepare for the playoffs, including winning last weekend at the Timber Tech Championship in Florida.
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