BMW Championship: Furyk ready for mental challenge

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Jim Furyk revealed that he faces a mental ‘struggle’ to secure his first PGA Tour title in three years as he takes a slender one-shot lead into final round of BMW Championship on Sunday.

The 43-year-old said he found it difficult in his third round on Saturday having become only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to post a sub-60 score when he fired a stunning 59 at Conway Farms on Friday.

Furyk did get through with a two-under 69, although it could have been better had he not bogeyed the par-five 18th having missed the fairway and then spurned a par putt from inside five feet.

It leaves Furyk on 13 under for the tournament, but Steve Stricker is breathing down his neck just one shot behind going into the final round following an impressive 64, highlighted by an eagle at the par-four 15th.

Brandt Snedeker is two shots off the pace after a level-par 71, with Zach Johnson a further stroke adrift following a 69. World number one Tiger Woods is also in contention on nine under despite being hit with a two-shot penalty after Friday’s second round.

However, 2003 Open champion Furyk is determined to show more mental strength on Sunday and finally end his long wait for a title.

He told “I got myself in position to win this golf tournament.

“How upset are you going to get today? I think there’s probably a mental battle to (the next round). I felt good with my swing today. I felt like I played a solid round of golf.

“I think winning a golf tournament is obviously the tougher one. It’s been a while. I’m going to put pressure on myself. That’ll be the struggle.”

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