Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk lines up a putt at No. 4 during the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. (Rob Carr / Getty Images / August 9, 2013)

Jim Furyk shot a two-under-par 68 on Saturday in the third round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y, and will take a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner into the final round.

So far this year, none of the 54-hole leaders at the three majors –- the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open -- have held on to win.

Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, is at nine under 201. A pair of Swedes, Henrik Stenson (seven under) and Jonas Blixt (six under) are close behind.

Furyk dropped a shot at the par-three 15th, lipping out his par putt after driving into the sand to fall to eight under, and it seemed he might lose the lead. But a hole behind him, second-round leader Dufner was having his own troubles and had to sink a 12-footer for par.

Masters champion Adam Scott “settled” for a birdie after driving the 323-yard, par-four 14th to get to even par in the third round and a shot behind Furyk and Dufner.

But Scott double bogeyed the 16th hole just after Furyk took the lead with a birdie on the 509-yard 17th, only the seventh birdie of the day on that hole. Furyk’s birdie putt was about 12 feet. Scott’s six dropped him into a tie for fifth with Steve Stricker at five under.

Scott’s drive on the 17th was into the deep, thick rough. His second shot came out to the fairway, though, and Scott ended up with a par-saving 15-foot putt.'

Dufner, his playing partner, started the 17th hole by driving straight down the middle. His second shot landed in the middle of the green.

On the final hole, Furyk’s drive also landed in the deep rough. His second shot was a safe stab onto the fairway, about 90 feet from the hole. His approach had so much spin that it landed on the green about 15 feet above the hole and finished about 12 feet below it.

The par putt dropped and the understated Furyk did a little fist-pump action after that save.

“It’s big,” Furyk said. “This week I haven’t let too much bother me. It was a nice way to finish the day.”

Furyk said his plan for Sunday was just to “go out and hit. It’s a crowded leaderboard.”

Stenson, who finished with a one-under 69 Saturday, said, “A lot of hard work has gone into this but nothing is easy in this world. You get nothing for free in this game. My 69 today, I’m happy with it.”

On the final hole, Dufner’s drive was low and ugly, whichi caused Dufner to drop his driver angrily on the tee box. He punched his second shot onto the fairway to leave himself 84 yards from the hole.

Dufner’s third shot was nearly perfect, spinning the ball to within about eight feet, a makeable par putt to keep him alone in second place. Dufner almost turned his back on the putt that seemed ready to rim out. Instead it fell in and Dufner, who shot a 71, will play in Sunday’s final pairing with Furyk as he goes for his first major title.

Rory McIlroy shot a 67 and is six shots behind Furyk at three under. Dustin Johnson had the best round of the day with a five-under 65 that moved him up 51 spots into a tie for ninth at two under.

Tiger Woods’ 73 left him with a three-day total of 214, 10 over for the tournament and in a tie for 48th place. Phil Mickelson had an eight-over 78 for a total of 220, second-worst score of those left. Only Gary Woodland, at 223, is worse.

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With the leaders heading into their final four or five holes, Jim Furyk holds a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner. When last we left them:

Furyk’s score of 8 under par survived after a drive into the trap on the par-three No. 11. He left himself about a three-foot par putt that seemed easy for the calm Furyk.