Jim Furyk finally has some company at the top of the Barclays Classic leaderboard.
Irish star Padraig Harrington grabbed a share of the third-round lead Saturday, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to match Furyk at 9-under 204 on the sun-baked Westchester Country Club course in Harrison, N.Y. Furyk, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 70.
“It’s a long way to go tomorrow,” Harrington said. “I try not to think too much about it and just go about playing my own game.”
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open winner who is winless since returning from a serious wrist injury a year ago, shot a 65 on Thursday to open a three-stroke lead and had a 69 on Friday to take a two-stroke advantage into the weekend.
“I thought it played more difficult than the first two rounds,” Furyk said. “The back nine was playing very demanding.”
Brad Faxon (66) and Brian Gay (71) were two strokes back at 7 under.
The 43-year-old Faxon, winless since the 2001 Sony Open, has only one top-20 finish this year.
“You think you should eat this place up, but nobody does,” Faxon said.
Tom Purtzer is cruising right along on the Champions Tour.
With the senior circuit’s cart ban lifted because of temperatures in the mid-90s, Purtzer rode to an 8-under 64 to take the lead at 9-under 135 after two rounds of the Bank of America Championship in Concord, Mass.
R.W. Eaks shot 65 and Mark McNulty shot 69 to sit one stroke back at the par-72, 6,728-yard Nashawtuc Country Club.
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