The story of Round 3 at The Barclays was Kevin Chappell.
Entering the day at just two-under overall and nine strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar—the 27-year-old whose only professional win came on the Nationwide Tour—sat in 43rd place. No one was paying any attention to him.
But then he started his day with a birdie.
Then five pars, two more birdies and another par. Then, on the front nine, he tallied an absurd six more birdies and three pars to end his day with a dominant nine-under 62.
PGATour.com's Brian Wacker had the details surrounding the transcendent performance:
After it was all said and done, the former UCLA Bruin had not only broken the course record at Liberty National, he had jumped 40 spots into third place, just one stroke behind co-leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland.
Here's a look at the leaderboard heading into the final day, courtesy of PGATour.com:
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Kuchar, who won The Barclays three years ago, recovered nicely after an uneven start to his day. Coming into the third round with a two-stroke lead, he bogeyed two of his first nine holes to give way to Woodland but holed an impressive three-under on the back nine to re-take the lead.
Woodland, the former Washburn University basketball player who is looking for his second win of the month after winning the Modified Stableford scoring Reno-Tahoe Open a few weeks ago, shot a three-under 68 to move into a tie for first.
Sitting in fourth is Tiger Woods, who, after an up-and-down 69 that featured three bogeys and five birdies, looks set to bounce back from a disappointing performance at the PGA Championship this month.
Four strokes back, he will need a vintage Tiger performance on Sunday to tally another 2013 win to his resume.
Kevin Streelman, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson all had great days, each shooting a three-under 68 to climb into the Top 10.
That, of course, is just another day's work for Spieth as golfer Michael Stewart and the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman pointed out:
What Jordan Spieth is doing on the PGA tour just now is incredible! To perform at that level consistently at his age is different class!— Michael Stewart (@mikeystewart7) August 24, 2013
And here comes Jordan Spieth #rinseandrepeat— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) August 24, 2013
What the 20-year-old is doing on Tour right now is simply unprecedented, as this would be his eighth top-10 of the season, vaulting him up to No. 7 in the FedEx Cup rankings.
With so many notable players still in contention (just outside the Top 10 sit Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Webb Simpson), and record scores being carded the last two days, Sunday will be truly compelling.
Here's a look at where to catch all the action, courtesy of PGATour.com:
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|12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.||Round 4 Play||Golf Channel|
|2 p.m. - 6 p.m.||Round 4 Play||CBS|