But his lead couldn’t survive Dufner’s 15-foot birdie putt at No. 10 that tied the two at 8-under, two shots ahead of Adam Scott, Jonas Blixt and Henrik Stenson. Blixt is in the clubhouse at 6-under after a third-round 66 that moved him 12 spots up the leaderboard.
Furyk retook the lead at 9-under with a confident 15-foot uphill birdie putt at No. 12. After starting 2-over through three holes, he's now 2-under for the third round.Steve Stricker drew to within four shots of the lead with a birdie four on the par-five 13th. Stricker, 46, has never won a major championship, coming closest at the 1998 PGA Championship when he finished second. He’s playing in only his sixth tournament this season. Stricker had said at the start of the season that he’d play about 10 times this year so he could spend more time with his family in Wisconsin.
Henrik Stenson pulled to within two shots of Furyk with a birdie on the par-five 13th. Stenson, 37, finished second to Phil Mickelson by three shots at the British Open last month. And he pulled another shot closer to the lead with a second consecutive birdie on the 14th. That put him into a tie for second with Dufner at 8-under.
But Dufner was in the process of working on a birdie on the par-five No. 13. He didn’t get that but he drove the green on the 323-yard par-four 14th.
Adam Scott, three shots behind Furyk, might get closer though. He drove further onto the par-four 14th green. Scott has about a 15-foot putt for eagle.
Jim Furyk takes lead over Jason Dufner | 2:05 p.m.
Jason Dufner’s wild adventure at the par-four fifth hole ended with a double bogey on the 428-yard hole Saturday, his third-round lead down to a shot over Adam Scott and Jim Furyk. That was his first hole worse than par in 32 holes at the PGA Championship.
Somewhere -- out of TV sight, thankfully -- at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., Dufner was probably spitting some more.
Steve Stricker drew to five-under par and within two shots of the lead with a birdie at No. 8. Lee Westwood, with a birdie at No. 14, was four-under, and defending champion Rory McIlroy birdied the 17th and 18th to get to three-under.The crowd roared as McIlroy threw his golf ball to some lucky fan. McIlroy then went out for some practice to get ready for Sunday with a realistic shot at the title. McIlroy, who had been five-over on his second nine Friday, had a 67 for the day when scores were rising as was the wind.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson moved into a tie for second with Scott and Furyk with a birdie on the eighth hole. His was a quiet round with little attention being paid.
Jonas Blixt has 10 one-putts Saturday and is only two behind Dufner at this moment.
The moment didn’t last long as Dufner birdied the seventh to take a two-shot lead over Scott and Furyk and three over Blixt.
And then another moment, a Furyk birdie on the seventh, and he moved within a shot of Dufner.
On the eighth hole, Dufner missed a two-foot putt for par and fell into a tie for the lead with Furyk at 7-under.
The lead then changed on the 10th hole. Jim Furyk, the 43-year-old whose only major was the 2003 U.S. Open, birdied the 429-yard par-four hole to move to eight-under with a six-foot putt.
Jason Dufner finds trouble after four pars | 1:11 p.m.
And as we continue, leader Jason Dufner, after a horrible tee shot on the fifth hole, was taking a drop. This hole might be his first non-par of the third round.
Earlier, Dufner had been introducted as “Auburn, Alabama’s Jason Dufner is on the first tee.” Anyone in Auburn, Ala., know that? Because, you know, he’s not playing spring football.
Always wondered why, if you’re not from the United States, on the first tee you just hear, “From Australia, Adam Scott.” Scott, who is from Perth, blew his ball down the center of the fairway.
Jim Nantz of CBS tells us Ben Hogan always considered this first hole the most difficult in golf.