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US PGA: Jim Furyk says he's comfortable holding the lead going into the final round

Last Updated: 12/08/13 12:35am

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Jim Furyk: Says he prefers to have the lead rather than having to chase

Jim Furyk: Says he prefers to have the lead rather than having to chase

Jim Furyk says he'd rather be leading than in the chasing pack going into the final round of the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

None of the third round leaders of this year's majors have been able to hang on for victory but Furyk is more than happy to be in front heading into the closing day.

The American, who carded a two-under 68 on Saturday to post nine-under and finish the day with a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner, said: "People always ask 'would you rather be one ahead or one back?'

"Well, I'd rather be one ahead. There's going to be a winning score tomorrow, and whatever that score is, it means I don't have to shoot as low as everyone else, if that makes sense.

"I'd rather be one ahead. There's going to be a winning score tomorrow, and whatever that score is, it means I don't have to shoot as low as everyone else."
Jim Furyk

"But overall, I'm comfortable with where I'm at. There's a crowded leaderboard at the top and instead of really viewing it as who is leading and who is not, I'm really viewing it as I need to go out there tomorrow and put together a good, solid round of golf, fire a good number and hope it stacks up well."

Furyk had struggled early in his round with bogeys at two and three but played the final 15 holes in four-under to get his nose in front of Dufner.

He said: "I was able to not let things faze me today. I slowly kind of got my rhythm back.

"I hit a ball in the fairway on 4 and laid up, knocked it in there and made the putt for birdie, and then kind of started just plodding along.

"I hit a bunch of fairways, a bunch of greens, kind of got it going and was able to turn the round in the other direction."

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