Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar exchanged birdies and bad breaks and wound up tied for the lead at The Barclays in Jersey City, N.J.
Kuchar, who completed five holes of his second round Saturday morning for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead, was tied with Woodland on the reachable par-4 16th in the third round when his putt ran into a sprinkler and stopped, costing him a reasonable chance at birdie. He wound up with a 70.
Woodland had a one-shot lead until his tee shot on the 17th plugged in the far end of the fairway bunker, effectively costing him a full shot. He blasted out sideways, made bogey and had to settle for a 68.
They were at 12-under 201, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell, who broke the tournament course record with a bogey-free 62.
Chappell’s round was so strong that it was 10 shots better than the average score at Liberty National, where the wind was blowing about 10 mph.
“In the wind, if you would have told me someone was going to shoot 62 today, I would probably have laughed at you,” Chappell said.
Tiger Woods spent another round grabbing his lower back and bending over gingerly to put his ball on the tee and retrieve it from the cup. He managed a 2-under 69 that left him very much in the picture at 8-under 205. David Lynn of England, who earned his PGA Tour card a year ago from his runner-up finish in the PGA Championship, also had a 69 and was tied with Woods, four behind.
PUTNAM POSITIONED WELL
Web.com Tour money leader Michael Putnam of University Place moved into contention for his third title of the season, shooting a 6-under 65 to settle two shots behind co-leaders Matt Bettencourt (65) and Bronson La’Cassie (65) at the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
Putnam, who has assured himself of the money title and the accompanying PGA Tour card for next season, was at 15-under 198 after his round of seven birdies and one bogey. A third victory would give Putnam an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.
Former Washington Husky Alex Prugh had a 5-under third round and was in the mix at 13 under.
SOLHEIM CUP STAR LEADS
Solheim Cup standout Caroline Hedwall shot a 6-under 64 at the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta, to take a one-stroke lead over European teammate Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Lydia Ko.
Hedwall, winless on the LPGA Tour, was a record 5-0 last week in Colorado in Europe’s blowout victory over the United States. The Swede had a 10-under 200 total at Royal Mayfair.
Pettersen shot a 65, and the 16-year-old Ko had a 67.
Top-ranked Inbee Park, tied for the second-round lead with Cristie Kerr, had a 74 to fall six strokes back at 4 under. Kerr was another stroke back after a 75.
TIE AT JOHNNIE WALKER
Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez and England’s Tommy Fleetwood shared the lead at 16 under at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.
The 352nd-ranked Gonzalez had four birdies and finished with a 2-under 70. Fleetwood started birdie-eagle but also bogeyed the last for a 67 – one shot better than Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson-Hed.