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Woodland plays his own game Saturday alongside Kuchar

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Gary Woodland began the third round of The Barclays two off the pace of playing partner and friend Matt Kuchar. But instead of worrying about catching Kuchar, Woodland kept to the beat of his own drum.

'Kuch and I, he's one of my best friends out here,' Woodland said. 'I knew what he was doing. I saw what he was doing. I was just trying to make as many birdies as I could.'


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Woodland's third-round 3-under 68 included six birdies and three bogeys and was enough to move him into a share of the 54-hole lead alongside Kuchar by Saturday's end.

Woodland is seeking his third victory on the PGA Tour, coming off the heels of a Reno-Tahoe Open win last month.

Having battled a left wrist injury for much of the season, Woodland says he's finally healthy.

'There's been a lot going on. Obviously I made a lot of changes last year. Really I've made a lot of changes this year, too, but the key was getting healthy.'

Woodland began working with Claude Harmon this year and began seeing a mental coach in sports psychology consultant Julie Elion, who has also helped Phil Mickelson, on the Wednesday of the Reno-Tahoe Open.

'I'm in a great mental state right now. ... If I can just get out of my own way and relax, I'm playing pretty good.'