Well-rested Furyk fires 63 for one-shot Pebble Beach lead

Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:15pm EST
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(Reuters) - Jim Furyk, who dusted off his clubs this week after a five-month break, surged into the lead after the third round at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday.

In his first event since the Tour Championship last September, the former U.S. Open champion carded a nine-under-par 63 on another sunny day at Pebble Beach on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

Furyk birdied seven of the final 10 holes to vault past Australian Matt Jones, who led until he bogeyed his final two holes.

Furyk posted an 18-under 197 total, one stroke ahead of fellow American Brandt Snedeker (67) and Jones (67), with Californian Nick Watney (65) two shots back. All four frontrunners played at Pebble Beach, one of three courses used for the event.

Furyk arrived at Pebble Beach with an open mind about the state of his game.

“I didn’t really have any expectations,” he told Golf Channel. “I just wanted to come in, find my game and figure where I was at and I’ve been in a good frame of mind.

“I’ve found a way to get the ball in the hole this week even though maybe at times I didn’t hit the greatest shots.

He attributed that to being fresh and not playing for a while.

"I might not have been as sharp but my attitude’s been able to overcome some of that,” he said.   Continued...

February 14, 2015; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Jim Furyk hits from the eighteenth course fairway during the third round at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports