Jim Furyk isn’t the only golfer who has gone low at the BMW Championship to get back contention. A day after Furyk carded an historic 59 in the second round at Conway Farms, Steve Stricker shot a 64 to get within one shot of Furyk’s third round lead. Stricker’s 64 in the third round moved him to 12 under par for the tournament and put him in second place by himself. The only blemish on Stricker’s card for the day was a bogey on the 17th hole. He also managed to record six birdies and an eagle on the day, however.
“I had a number in mind to start the day, which I typically don’t do,” Stricker said. “Came up a little short, but all in all it was a good day.” The number that he had in mind but failed to reach was an eight under par 63. Considering it was a pretty lofty goal, Stricker should still be pleased with his third round performance. I’m sure he’s kicking himself now, thinking that he should have been trying for a 57. If he only missed that goal by one stroke he’d have the lead with a nice cushion over the rest of the field.
Stricker and Furyk – two of the elder statesmen on the PGA Tour – will be paired together for the final round of this event. Both men are essentially assured of finishing inside of the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings when this tournament concludes. There are still plenty of players within striking distance – including Tiger Woods, who is just four shots off of the lead – so it won’t be an easy task for either Stricker or Furyk to take home the hardware this week.