Furyk sees lead shrink
Oosthuizen to start final round just one shot off the pace
Last Updated: August 5, 2012 12:22pm
Jim Furyk will take just a one-shot lead into the final round after a level-par 70 on Saturday
Jim Furyk retained his lead on day three of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, but will take just a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen into the final round.
Furyk was five clear at one stage during his round on Saturday, but it was cut to a single stroke at the finish after only managing to go round the Akron course in level-par to remain on 11-under overall.
Oosthuizen moved into second place with three birdies in his last 10 holes after he had bogeyed the par-four eighth, while Keegan Bradley was a further three shots back in third.
American Furyk, who followed up a magnificent opening round of 63 with a four-under 66 at the Firestone CC (South Course) on Friday to open up a two-stroke lead, was rather more subdued today.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-11 J Furyk
-10 L Oosthuizen (SA)
-7 K Bradley
-6 R McIlroy (NIr)
-6 S Stricker
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He picked up just the one birdie at the par-five second to move to 12-under but fell back after dropping a shot at the par-three 13th.
Collapse from Cabrera-Bello
His closest challenger overnight had been Rafael Cabrera-Bello but the Spaniard saw his chances of victory evaporate after an horrendous seven-over-par 77 that drops him back to two-under.
It was therefore left to 2010 Open champion Oosthuizen, who has dropped just three shots in Ohio this week, to close the gap on Furyk.
Defending USPGA champion Bradley has a chance of catching the frontrunners after his three-under-par 67.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was a shot further back at six-under in a tie for fourth overall alongside Steve Stricker (68) after posting his second successive 67.
Justin Rose's round of 66 put him on five-under with Bo Van Pelt (66) and John Senden (66), while world number one Luke Donald (71) and Jason Dufner (73) were a further shot adrift.