LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Tiger Woods charged. Steve Stricker slam-dunked a sand wedge for an eagle. And on a warmer, calmer Saturday at Conway Farms, thirty-seven golfers from the field of 70 broke par-71.
Jim Furyk didn't quite join in the flashiness. And he certainly did nothing to rival his historic 59 from Friday.
But the steady veteran continued his metronomic-like precision at the BMW Championship, carding a 2-under to stand at 13-under overall, one shot better than Stricker. Second-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker stands two shots back and Zach Johnson is three shots behind.
Now, all that's left is for Furyk to close the deal.
"I had a lot of people call me Mr. 59 (Saturday)," Furyk said with a smirk. "And it just feels wrong."
Furyk would settle for 2013 BMW Championship winner.
Since closing the 2010 Tour Championship, Furyk has failed to win the last five times he led or co-led after three times. That includes last month's PGA Championship, when Furyk couldn't hold his one-shot lead over Jason Dufner on Sunday. Furyk also held the third-round lead at the 2012 U.S. Open.
"No one has to remind me," Furyk said of his winless drought. "There's always pressure to win and I'm going to put pressure on myself because I expect myself to play well. I expect more of myself than anyone else."
Furyk will count on a golf swing that may look different but is typically dialed in. Until missing the fairway en route to a three-putt bogey on No. 18, Furyk had hit 31 straight. Ho and hum.
"I felt good with my swing," he said. "I played a solid round of golf."
Others played more spectacularly on a day ripe for scoring. Woods birdied six out of seven holes from Nos. 7-12, swelling his large gallery even further. But he found the water trying to drive the 305-yard, par-4 15th en route to a bogey and finished four shots back despite a 66.
"I was caught between 3- and 5-wood and tried to hit a little soft cut 3-wood and just hit a pull straight ball right in the water," Woods said.
Similarly, Stricker followed his magic with a mistake. Holing out from 99 yards on the fly for an eagle on No. 15, Stricker then airmailed a 4-iron off the grandstand at the par-3 17th.
"I tried to draw it in there and just overcooked it and it going with the wind," Stricker said.
Stricker offset that bogey with a birdie on the par-5 18th to close his stellar 64. That's one shot off the number Stricker had in mind to catch the second-round leaders. Talk about prescience.
"To see it just disappear and hear the clank of the pin is kind of a shock," Stricker said of his slam-dunk eagle.
Still, Stricker, like most golfers this week, talked about the dangers Conway Farms presents.
"The wind was a little bit down compared to Friday for sure," Stricker said. "It's still difficult if you don't put yourself in the proper spots, especially off the tee. The greens are really firm in some spots and receptive in others. And you don't know where those spots are. It makes picking the right club difficult."
Those decisions could become even more problematic should the rain forecasted for Sunday arrive with any intensity.
After replying to every congratulatory text or e-mail he received for his 59 late Friday, Furyk did his best to wash away those memories and get down to the task at hand of winning this tournament. Saturday's galleries didn't let him forget.
"It kind of felt like a victory lap," Furyk said. "People kept cheering for me all the way around."
Just think of how loud those cheers will be if Furyk can finally hold his third-round lead.
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