Leader Jim Furyk admits final rounds pressure at Pebble Beach

Jim Furyk AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach

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Jim Furyk admits he will be under pressure to complete his first tournament victory since 2010 when he takes a one-stroke lead into the final round the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

Furyk hasn’t managed to win since securing his 16th PGA Tour victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta more than four years ago.

During that run he has taken a lead into the final no round on no less than eight occasions without getting the job done.

He fired his best ever career round at Pebble Beach with a flawless 63 on Saturday to propel himself into the lead but the veteran American admits Sunday will bring a different kind of pressure.

“I’m not going to put pressure on myself, I’m just going to go out there and try and play the same way,” Furyk said. “But I think that, on Sunday, it’s just hard not to.”

Furyk’s 17-under par total was enough to give him a one-shot lead from Matt Jones and Brandt Snedeker, with Nick Watney a stroke further back in fourth spot.

The 44-year-old is 3.00 to hold off the charge of his younger rivals on Sunday at Pebble Beach with 2013 winner Snedeker 3.50 and Watney 6.50.

Watney played with Furyk as he made nine birdies in round three and he paid tribute to the manner in which Furyk makes light of a lack of length from the tee with pinpoint approach play.

“If he was a pitcher, he’s not going to try to overpower you, he will take the corners and he gets outs,” Watney said.

“He makes birdies. He just does what he does. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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