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McGladrey Classic 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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McGladrey Classic 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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Day 3 of the 2012 McGladrey Classic is complete, and it's Jim Furyk and Davis Love III who share the lead as we head into Sunday.

But the lead held by Furyk and Love III is not safe by any means. The top six scores in the tournament are separated by just four strokes, so Sunday's final leaderboard could look drastically different than Saturday's.

Behind the leaders, D.J. Trahan and Day 2 leader Arjun Atwal are tied for third just two strokes back.

Look out for Ben Crane on Day 4 after the 36-year-old shot a 62 (-8) to come roaring back, giving himself a chance to win on Sunday now that he is just four strokes back.

Let's take a look at some of the highlights from Day 3, including the leaderboard (per Yahoo! Sports) and some of the day's top performers.

 

Leaderboard

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
T1 Jim Furyk 66 65 66 1:15 pm -4 F -13 197
T1 Davis Love III 65 66 66 1:15 pm -4 F -13 197
T3 D.J. Trahan 66 67 66 1:05 pm -4 F -11 199
T3 Arjun Atwal 67 63 69 1:05 pm -1 F -11 199
5 Bud Cauley 62 70 68 12:55 pm -2 F -10 200
T6 Will Claxton 70 66 65 12:55 pm -5 F -9 201
T6 Rory Sabbatini 69 65 67 12:45 pm -3 F -9 201
T6 Charles Howell III 66 68 67 12:45 pm -3 F -9 201
T6 Ben Crane 68 71 62 12:35 pm -8 F -9 201
T6 Mathew Goggin 67 66 68 12:35 pm -2 F -9 201
T11 Kyle Reifers 67 68 67 12:25 pm -3 F -8 202
T11 Peter Tomasulo 67 67 68 12:25 pm -2 F -8 202
T11 Vijay Singh 66 68 68 12:15 pm -2 F -8 202
T11 Chad Campbell 66 67 69 12:15 pm -1 F -8 202
T11 Brian Gay 65 68 69 12:05 pm -1 F -8 202
T11 Michael Thompson 65 68 69 12:05 pm -1 F -8 202
T11 Gavin Coles 67 65 70 11:55 am E F -8 202
T11 David Toms 65 67 70 11:55 am E F -8 202
T19 Harris English 71 66 66 11:45 am -4 F -7 203
T19 Billy Horschel 68 69 66 11:45 am -4 F -7 203
T19 Mark Wilson 68 69 66 11:35 am -4 F -7 203
T19 Daniel Chopra 68 69 66 11:35 am -4 F -7 203
T19 Ben Curtis 68 69 66 11:26 am -4 F -7 203
T19 David Mathis 69 69 65 11:26 am -5 F -7 203
T19 Joe Durant 65 71 67 11:17 am -3 F -7 203
T19 Brendon de Jonge 66 69 68 11:17 am -2 F -7 203
T19 Roberto Castro 69 66 68 11:08 am -2 F -7 203
T19 Ken Duke 67 68 68 11:08 am -2 F -7 203
T29 Stuart Appleby 69 68 67 10:59 am -3 F -6 204
T29 Bill Lunde 68 68 68 10:59 am -2 F -6 204
T29 Tommy Gainey 69 67 68 10:50 am -2 F -6 204
T29 Brendan Steele 67 71 66 10:50 am -4 F -6 204
T29 Jason Kokrak 68 70 66 10:32 am -4 F -6 204
T29 Garth Mulroy 68 70 66 10:41 am -4 F -6 204
T29 Camilo Villegas 65 71 68 10:41 am -2 F -6 204
T29 Danny Lee 65 70 69 10:32 am -1 F -6 204
T29 Henrik Stenson 67 68 69 10:23 am -1 F -6 204
T29 Boo Weekley 64 71 69 10:23 am -1 F -6 204
T29 Brian Harman 67 72 65 10:14 am -5 F -6 204
T29 Greg Owen 64 69 71 10:14 am +1 F -6 204

 

Highlights

On the 10th hole, Furyk drops a 129-yard shot to within a foot of the cup, leading to yet another birdie.

David Toms has his own highlight to speak of despite a lackluster Day 3, making a shot from the bunker look easy as he drops it to within three feet of the hole.

Love III was able to walk away with a share of the lead thanks to a great approach that set him up for a birdie putt on the final hole of the day.

 

Top Performers

Jim Furyk (-4, 66)

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Furyk had another solid day at the McGladrey, taking a share of the lead going into the final day.

With three birdies through the front nine, Furyk got off to a hot start that would cool slightly later in the day. Through the back nine, Furyk was only able to muster up one birdie but remained consistent.

However, Furyk didn't score a single bogey on the afternoon. It seems the 42-year-old is hitting the ball quite well at the moment and with his putting looking stellar, he is no doubt the favorite to win on Sunday.

 

Davis Love III (-4, 66)

Also with a share of the lead, Love III was able to keep pace with Furyk over the course of Day 3.

Starting off on the front nine, Love III notched his first bogey of the day early, but he followed that up with three birdies in his next four holes. On the back nine, Love III matched his three birdies on the front nine with a single bogey in between.

While Love III has a great shot to win this tournament, he hasn't had quite the steady hand that Furyk has had. But still, Love III seems to come roaring back whenever it looks like he's down.

 

Ben Crane (-8, 62)

After looking like he was finished in this tournament after just two days, Crane came storming back with the best day of any golfer competing.

Starting on the back nine, Crane notched four birdies in five holes to begin his day with a bang. But his great play didn't stop there, as Crane picked up four more birdies on the front nine to climb to within just four strokes of the leaders.

Crane wasn't on the radar to win this tournament, but if he can pull off another sick performance like the one he had on Day 3, he could be taking home the crown on Sunday.

 

Will Claxton (-5, 65)

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Claxton looked primed for an awful day at the McGladrey Classic, but he recovered beautifully to finish the round with a chance on Sunday.

Claxton would bogey two of his first three holes on the front nine but quickly turned his day around with three birdies in his next five holes. The back nine wasn't as difficult for Claxton after he racked up four birdies in total.

The 31-year-old now finds himself just four shots back of the leaders going into Sunday, but he'll have to get off to a better start on Day 4 if he wants to leave the winner.

 

D.J. Trahan (-4, 66)

Trahan needed a strong day to keep pace with the leaders of this tournament, and he did just that on Day 3.

Through the front nine, Trahan looked a bit shaky with a pair of birdies and bogeys that left him even to start the day. But the back nine was much better for 32-year-old after he scored four birdies in his last six holes to finish the day strong.

Trahan is in third place all by himself, just two strokes back. Clearly Trahan is surging at the moment, and that's momentum he'll need to carry into Sunday if he wants to emerge victorious.

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