McGladrey Classic 2012: Jim Furyk and Top Contenders in Sunday's Final Round

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

SEA ISLAND, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Jim Furyk hits a shot on the 7th hole during the third round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on October 20, 2012 in Sea Island, Georgia.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The 2012 McGladrey Classic will conclude on Sunday, and Jim Furyk is one of the many notable golfers with a chance to earn a late-season tournament victory.

For many players, these final tournaments of the year are really important, because they are a great chance to earn some extra money and build confidence heading into next season.

Let's look at the top contenders ahead of Sunday's final round at the McGladrey Classic.


Ben Crane

Ben Crane had a tremendous third-round performance on Saturday that's given him a chance to climb even further toward the top spot of the leaderboard on Sunday.

He made eight birdies in the third round after making just five of them over the first two rounds of the tournament. And his round of 62 on Saturday was one of the finest performances at the tournament thus far.

Crane has plenty of confidence heading into the final round and will be one player to watch as the day continues.

If Crane putts well again, he'll have a good chance to win the McGladrey Classic, as he's just four strokes off the lead.


Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III is also four strokes back following a third-round performance that could have knocked him out of contention if not for an eagle on Hole 8 and a two-under back nine.

The 33-year-old has no victories and just one top-10 finish this season, but he has a chance to finish a disappointing year in a positive way with a top-three finish at the McGladrey Classic.

The key for Howell will be to birdie a few holes on the front nine to build his confidence. If he can do that, he will be a top contender on Sunday.


Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk has not played well this season in major tournaments and was unimpressive at the Ryder Cup, but he is in a prime position to win his first tournament of the year at the McGladrey Classic.

The 42-year-old veteran has two straight top-10 finishes, and unless he plays poorly on Sunday, he will extend his streak to three.

Furyk is tied for the tournament lead with Davis Love III at 13-under par, and he has been very consistent, with rounds of 66, 65 and 66 through Saturday.

He will be the top contender to win the McGladrey Classic on Sunday.