While the Fall Series has recently been a stage for some of the game's rising stars, a pair of veterans now have the spotlight as Jim Furyk and Davis Love III share the lead entering the final round at The McGladrey Classic.
Playing this week for the first time since a disappointing Ryder Cup performance, Furyk fired a 4-under 66 Saturday and sits at 13 under after three rounds, having now played 47 consecutive holes on the Seaside Course without a bogey. Following near-misses at both the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he looks to claim his first victory since the 2010 Tour Championship.
Furyk will be joined in the final group Sunday by Love, his former Ryder Cup captain, who is searching for his first win in nearly four years. Serving this week as tournament host, Love carded a 4-under 66 for the second consecutive day to join Furyk at 13 under. The 48-year-old Love is looking to become the first player in 14 years to record a PGA Tour win after serving a stint as U.S. Ryder Cup captain.
Two shots behind the co-leaders, third place is shared by a pair of players in need of a high finish to retain playing privileges for 2013. Arjun Atwal's two-year exemption for winning the 2010 Wyndham Championship will expire at season's end, while D.J. Trahan enters the week 151st on the money list, a year after finishing 125th and retaining his Tour card by the slimmest of margins. Atwal and Trahan shot 69 and 66, respectively, on Saturday and are now in position to potentially re-define their 2012 seasons with a low round on Sunday.
Defending champion Ben Crane turned in the best round of the day with a bogey-free, 8-under 62, tying the tournament course record. After making the 36-hole cut by a single stroke, Crane took only 25 putts Saturday to move into a large group tied for sixth at 9 under, four shots behind Furyk and Love.
First round co-leader Bud Cauley shot a 2-under 68 and will begin the final round at 10 under in fifth place, three shots behind the leaders as he seeks his first career Tour win. Among the leading contenders for Rookie of the Year honors, Cauley is also looking to move from 42nd on the money list into the top 30 by season's end in order to earn an invitation to The Masters next spring.