Jim Furyk and his caddie Fluff Cowans are in front of the field after the third round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York.
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Jim had a third round of -2 under par 68, which moved him to the top of the PGA Championship, and a one stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow. Jim wobbled a bit on the last hole, with a poor tee shot, he counselled Fluff and the outcome was a having par saving putt, which he made;
” It was big, the birdie at 17 was great, to hit two good shots in there and make the putt, and on 18 I made a bad swing, but this week I have not let too much bother me. I was able to wedge it on and make par and it was a nice way to finish the day.”
Fluff Cowans is an ex Woods caddie, who has all the experience needed for a Major challenge. Another ex Woods caddie is Steve Williams, currently partnering Adam Scott, who is in tied fifth spot at -5 under par, just four shots off the lead. Wonder what Tiger would give to have either of these guys on his bag right now. Strangely Tiger does not like his caddies to become famous, in fact at the moment you get the feeling that he wants to do all the thinking for himself, just uses a caddie to carry the bag.
In second place at -8 under par is tobacco chewing and spitting Jason Dufner, even the TV commentators apologized for inadvertently screening a shot of Jason spitting out a wad. A +1 over par round for Jason was not what he was looking for today, but he did manage to recover from a poor start, suffering a double bogey six on the par 4 fifth hole. A bogey on eight saw him complete the front nine in 37, two over the card.
In third place is Swede Henrik Stenson, a -1 under par third round gave him a total of -7 under par, with a very good chance of winning tomorrow, and become the first Swede to win a Major;
“It would be lovely, but we’re still a long ways away from that. There’s no point thinking about tomorrow and thinking ahead of things. It’s all about going out and doing the same things. It’s going to be a big challenge again tomorrow to keep the mind in the right place, and if I can do that, I hope I can have a chance on the back nine. It’s a pretty packed leaderboard and there’s going to be a few guys with a good chance, so there’s no point thinking about the future. It’s about thinking about the shots I’m going to play and how to play them.”
The defending Champion Rory McIlroy is at -3 under par, alongside Lee Westwood, both will need to go low tomorrow for a realistic chance of victory at the 95th PGA Championship. No chance at all for Tiger Woods (+4) or The Open Champion Phil Mickelson (+10). Phil will need to pull his socks up to avoid finishing last, at the moment only Gary Woodland is below him.