Bridgestone Invitational 2012 Leaderboard: Jim Furyk Will Surrender Lead

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 04:  Jim Furyk plays a shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 4, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Jim Furyk played par golf on Saturday in the third round of the 2012 Bridgestone Invitational to hold a one-shot lead heading into the final round of play.

After shooting a 63 in the first round, Furyk has consistently digressed, posting a 66 in Round 2 and an even 70 on Saturday.

Furyk's third round consisted of one bogey and just one birdie, as he parred the other 16 holes while Louis Oosthuizen drew within one shot of tying the lead after three pars and a two-under on Saturday.

Here's a look at the top 10 leaderboard heading into the final round: 

Standing Golfer Score
1 Jim Furyk -11
2 Louis Oosthuizen -10
3 Keegan Bradley -7
T-4 Rory McIlroy -6
T-4 Steve Stricker -6
T-6 Bo Van Pelt -5
T-6 Justin Rose -5
T-6 John Senden -5
T-9 Luke Donald -4
T-9 Jason Dufner -4

As you can see, Keegan Bradley is just four strokes behind Furyk after shooting a 67 on Saturday. Bradley opened the tournament with a 67, which was followed by a 69 in the second round.

Furyk may have played it just safe enough on Saturday to retain the lead, but as Adam Scott knows all too well, even a four-stroke lead can be dwindled down to nothing in the blink of an eye, and that's exactly what Bradley will be looking to do today.

But let's forget about the 2012 U.S. Open and Scott's four-stroke lead, because Furyk holds just a one-shot lead and Oosthuizen looked poised to take over as the leader with the way he played on Saturday.

Furyk led by five strokes on the front nine and then lost the hefty lead, which is why I don't think he has what it takes to close it out in the final round.

I'm not necessarily questioning his physical skill and performance, but rather his mentality heading into the day after surrendering a large lead.

Furyk hasn't recorded a PGA Tour win since September of 2010, an incredible year that saw him win the FedEx Cup and be named PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year.

If you're looking for a dark horse, I like Rory McIlroy to make a run today.

After shooting an even 70 in the first round, McIlroy has put together back-to-back 67's and could possibly regain his No. 1 ranking with a win, giving him just a little bit of added motivation.

It's going to be a great day for golf, but not for Jim Furyk.

Look for Oosthuizen to take this one.


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