How it happened: Furyk leads by one; Tiger fires 66

Tiger Woods during the third round of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs on PGA Tour, at Conway Farms near Chicago.

Tiger Woods during the third round of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs on PGA Tour, at Conway Farms near Chicago.

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Jim Furyk fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday at the BMW Championship and will carry a one-shot lead heading into the final round at Conway Farms.

A day after a 59, Furyk bogeyed the final hole to make things more interesting heading into Sunday.

He'll pair with Steve Stricker on Sunday after Stricker fired a 7-under 64.

Tiger Woods had seven birdies over his final 12 holes on Saturday to vault into contention, as he'll be four shots back to start Sunday's round.

Here's how it all happened on Saturday:

• • •

Leaderboard update: 6:05 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker nearly chips in for eagle, settling for a 4-foot birdie on No. 18 to card an even-par 71 and is at 11 under heading into the final round.

He'll be chasing Jim Furyk, who bogeys No. 18 and posts a 2-under 69 a day after a 12-under 59. Furyk leads Steve Stricker by a shot.

Furyk is three ahead of Zach Johnson and four in front of Tiger Woods.

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Leaderboard update: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson pars the final hole and will enter the final round at 10 under, currently three back of Jim Furyk.

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Leaderboard update: 5:55 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods opened up about the late two-stroke penalty on Friday. Read all about it here.

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Leaderboard update: 5:13 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk cards another birdie at the short par-4 15th, moving to 14 under, which is two clear of Steve Stricker.

Brandt Snedeker misses his birdie attempt from 10 feet and is 1 over on his round and 10 under for the tournament.

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Leaderboard update: 5:10 p.m. EDT

Steve Stricker makes a 4-footer for birdie on No. 18 to card a 7-under 64 and is 12 under for the tournament, currently one behind Jim Furyk.

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No. 18: Par 5, 570 yards

Tiger could use a birdie here at the end of a solid round of golf, although he's scuffled since missing a 5-footer for birdie on No. 14.

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and he finds the middle of the fairway. Borderline on whether he'll go after this green or not.

Second shot: With 260 yards left, Tiger chooses to go after it and finds a greenside bunker. Not in horrible shape, definitely up-and-down territory.

Around the green: Tiger plays a poor bunker shot here, sending it 15 feet past the hole.

On the green: And he buries it for a huge birdie at the final hole to card his second 66 of the tournament. That's 20 birdies in three rounds.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker sends his tee ball on the par-3 17th into the grandstands and fails to get up-and-down, settling for a bogey and falling back to 11 under, two behind Jim Furyk.

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No. 17: Par 3, 205 yards

Tiger moves to the par-3 17th, a hole that Hunter Mahan won a car on about an hour ago with a hole-in-one.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice-looking shot here, but kicks too hard off the front and runs past the hole and off the green. Chip out of the rough upcoming.

Around the green: Tiger's chip is solid, but leaves himself 4 feet to save par again.

On the green: Drains the putt, and remains five back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker has worked his way back to even on the round with a short birdie make on No. 12 and is 11 under, two back of Furyk.

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No. 16: Par 4, 466 yards

A pair of prime birdie opportunities pass Tiger by on Nos. 14 and 15. Going to need one or two more coming in to really have a great shot on Sunday. He's five back of Furyk currently.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway, but is again well back and will have around 200 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Finds the left fairway here, but will be able to putt from about 40 feet from the hole.

Around the green: Tiger's putt from off the green runs about 5 feet past the hole.

On the green: He makes the putt, which was critical as the leaders play some of the easier holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker makes a 6-footer on No. 14 to move to 10 under, and then holes a 90-yard approach on No. 15 for eagle to move to 12 under, one back of Jim Furyk, who nailed a 20-footer for birdie on No. 11.

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No. 15: Par 4, 342 yards

That miss on No. 14 could prove costly down the road, and that's his fourth miss inside 5 feet of the tournament. Is now three back of Jim Furyk, who birdies No. 10 from 3 feet.

Off the tee: This green is in play today, with plenty of players before Tiger making it. Tiger finds water with the first one, but re-tees and finds the fringe. Impressive, but now needs that for par.

Around the green: Tiger nearly saves par with a little chip, running past the hole by 2 feet and he picks up an ill-timed bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (8 under for tournament)

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No. 14: Par 5, 585 yards

Solid par there for Tiger, who is two shots back of Furyk. Now, to the first par 5 on the back nine, a hole he birdied on Friday.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a nice tee ball here that trickles just into the left intermediate, but will have nearly 280 yards into the green.

Second shot: Tiger is having some luck today, as his 3-wood hits a fan on the left and bounces off, finding the fairway in front of the green. Tough chip upcoming, but not nearly as tough as it would have been.

Around the green: Nice chip here to about 5 feet past the hole, with a little downhill twist coming up.

On the green: Tiger's birdie attempt stays left, maybe hitting it a bit too softly and he settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker makes a 10-footer for birdie on No. 9 to get back within a shot of the lead held by Jim Furyk, who is at 11 under.

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No. 13: Par 4, 465 yards

This has been one huge ride for Tiger, moving well up the leaderboard and is now T-2, just two shots off the lead.

Off the tee: Tiger hammers fairway metal up the left side of the fairway. Seems to be in a zone with everything right now.

Approach shot: Tiger needed about a half-club more here, leaving it in the middle of the green, about 40 feet away.

On the green: Nice lag putt from Tiger, making a 3-footer for par. He remains two back of Furyk.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Neither Snedeker or Furyk take advantage of the par-5 8th, with Snedeker getting a horseshoe par putt to drop to stay at 9 under, while Furyk remains at 11 under.

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No. 12: Par 4, 419 yards

Jim Furyk birdies No. 7 to get back to 11 under, two clear of Brandt Snedeker and now three ahead of Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Nick Watney.

Off the tee: With fairway metal, Tiger hammers it down the right side of the fairway.

Approach shot: From 150 yards, Tiger puts it to 18 inches. Another incredible second shot.

On the green: Taps it in for his sixth birdie in seven holes. Now just two shots back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (9 under for tournament)

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No. 11: Par 3, 150 yards

Tiger is heating up while the leaders struggle, including Brandt Snedeker falling all the way to 8 under with his third bogey of the day on No. 5. Snedeker did rebound with a birdie at No. 6 to get within one of Jim Furyk.

Off the tee: After a long wait because Garcia found the hazard on No. 10 -- leaving Tiger anxious -- Tiger takes dead aim at the flag and leaves it 6 feet from the cup.

On the green: After taking his time studying the putt, Tiger drains it for his fifth birdie in six holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (8 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Tiger's close buddy Steve Stricker makes a 12-footer for birdie on No. 10 to also move to 8 under.

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No. 10: Par 4, 458 yards

After a sluggish start, Tiger has shown some signs of being able to go low today. Will need to take advantage of both par-5s and some shorter par-4s on the back nine.

Off the tee: Tiger just rips it down the middle of the fairway. Will have just under 150 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger nearly runs this one into the hole, settling 2 inches from the cup. Brilliant shot.

On the green: Tiger taps in and that's four birdies in five holes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker makes a 6-footer for birdie on No. 8 to move to 7 under, tied with Zach Johnson three shots back of Jim Furyk.

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No. 9: Par 4, 405 yards

Big run here for Tiger, now just four shots back of leader Jim Furyk.

Off the tee: Big hit here and Tiger will have less than 100 yards into the green.

Approach shot: Tiger takes it a bit too deep into the back right pin and finds rough. Unforced error there, as the up and down will be tough.

Around the green: Nice chip from Tiger leaves him 2 feet for par, which he makes to make the turn in 2-under 33.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (6 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker picks up his second bogey of the day, missing a 10-footer on No. 4 to fall back to 9 under. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk misses a 6-footer to save par and drops to 10 under.

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No. 8: Par 5, 600 yards

Big birdies on the past two holes for Tiger, and now gets to a hole that he birdied on Friday.

Off the tee: After holding back on his first swing, he takes a big whack with driver and finds the right side of the fairway.

Second shot: With 270 into the green, Tiger takes a big swing with 3-wood and hammers it, but still finds a greenside bunker. Long bunker shot upcoming to the elevated green.

Around the green: Tiger plays a nice sand shot to about 8 feet under the hole. Solid.

On the green: And he gets this one to drop as well, hitting the left edge and dropping to move within five of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (6 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 7: Par 4, 340 yards

That was a much-needed birdie there, and now he gets to a stretch of holes that he can challenge.

Off the tee: Driver here and it is a big one, leaving it 10 yards short of the green.

Around the green: Tiger chips it close and he picks up an easy birdie, his second straight and he's in the red on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (5 under for tournament)

• Elsewhere on the course: Nick Watney buries a 20-footer on No. 3 to move to 8 under to get within three of solo leader Jim Furyk, who pars No. 2. Brandt Snedeker bogeys No. 2 to drop back to 10 under.

• • •

No. 6: Par 3, 218 yards

Tiger's play thus far has been uninspired, feeling workmanlike versus a guy trying to make a big run.

Off the tee: With 6-iron, Tiger finds the green and leaves himself 25 feet from under the hole.

On the green: Tiger buries it. Big putt there and it looked great the whole way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk both two-putt for par on No. 1 to stay at 11 under, while Nick Watney buries a 25-footer on No. 2 to move to 7 under.

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No. 5: Par 4, 470 yards

Tiger's putter is looking a bit better over the past couple of holes, but has no birdies to show for it.

Off the tee: Another iron off the tee here and he splits the fairway.

Approach shot: With 225 yards left -- why he didn't use 3-wood off the tee is a bit of a mystery -- Tiger leaves it short of the green and in the rough.

Around the green: Tiger's chip scares the hole on the left, but runs 10 feet past. He'll have that for par.

On the green: Tiger runs his putt by on the right and he picks up a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: 20-year-old Jordan Spieth opens his round with a bogey, missing a 10-footer for par and falls back to 5 under.

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No. 4: Par 4, 486 yards

A pedestrian start for Tiger, failing to take advantage of two short par-4s.

Off the tee: Tiger finds another fairway here, putting it on the left side.

Approach shot: From 195 yards, Tiger puts it safely on the green, but will have 35 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger gives this one a great run, settling just to the right of the hole and he settles for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson drives the green at the short par-4 15th and picks up a birdie to move to 2 under for the tournament.

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No. 3: Par 4, 402 yards

Tiger will need to get his putter going today, as scores are out there, proven by Matt Kuchar's 61.

Off the tee: Another iron off the tee, and he doesn't seem to like it, finishing the swing with one hand and the ball leaks out to the right, but finds the fairway.

Approach shot: From just under 175 yards, Tiger comes up just short of the green, although he'll be able to putt from about 25 feet.

Around the green: Tiger's birdie putt looked like it would come up well short, but the slick green leaves him with less than a foot for par. Three opening pars for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

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No. 2: Par 3, 196 yards

Tiger has missed quite a few birdie opportunities from inside 10 feet, and that will need to change Saturday considering he is seven shots back.

Off the tee: A very high shot here and Tiger safely finds the green, leaving himself 25 feet from the right of the hole.

On the green: Tiger's birdie putt comes up 5 feet short, a dismal putt. He does make the par putt, that was a bit more work than he needed there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

• • •

No. 1: Par 4, 355 yards

As if Tiger's two-shot penalty wasn't a big enough story, the World No. 1 will play Saturday's round with rival Sergio Garcia.

Off the tee: Tiger splits the fairway with iron. Here's better that zero words will be exchanged between these playing competitors today.

Approach shot: Tiger knocks his to about 10 feet, giving himself a good birdie look on the opening hole. He had a quadruple bogey here yesterday – two of those shots coming via a post-round penalty applied by the PGA Tour.

On the green: Tiger would make a statement here with a birdie, but burns the edge and opens with a simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (4 under for tournament)

• • •

Update #4: 12:39 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar caps a brilliant, bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 18th to card a 10-under 61 that lifts him to 5 under for the tournament.

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Update #3: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar moves to the par-5 18th hole at 9 under on his round and has moved all the way to 4 under for the tournament. He remains outside the top 5 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update #2: 11:24 a.m. EDT

After dismal opening rounds of 78-77, Rory McIlroy managed a 3-under 68 on Saturday, carding three birdies, an eagle and a double bogey.

McIlroy is still well out of the top 30 in the projected FedEx Cup standings (currently No. 53), so will likely not be taking the trip to Atlanta next week.

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Update #1: 11:22 a.m. EDT

Well, it might not be Jim Furyk's 59, but Matt Kuchar is on fire thus far on Saturday, going 6 under through 12 holes to climb all the way back to 1 under for the tournament. Currently, he'd drop outside the top 5 in the FedEx Cup standings, therefore not guaranteeing himself the Cup title even if he won in Atlanta next week. He's No. 6 right now, dropping from fourth at the outset of the tournament.

• • •

Friday's coverage

Furyk shoots PGA Tour's sixth 59

Not far from Olympia Fields, where he won his lone major championship at the 2003 U.S. Open, and Cog Hill, where he won the 2006 BMW Championship, Jim Furyk carded a 12-under 59 at Conway Farms to become the sixth PGA Tour player to shoot golf’s magic number.

Two-stroke penalty adds to Woods' tally at BMW

Tiger Woods was penalized two strokes after his BMW Championship second round because officials ruled that his ball moved as he moved nearby loose impediments before his third shot on Conway Farms’ first hole.

How it Happened: Furyk marches into share of lead with 59

Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 as he carded a 12-under 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship on Friday at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Furyk's record round moved him to 11 under for the tournament, which is good for a share of the lead with Brandt Snedeker.

Photos: First, second rounds at BMW Championship

See some of the action and the emotion of the first two rounds of the BMW Championship, the third event of the 2013 FedEx Cup, from Conway Farms near Chicago.

Woods, Garcia paired together for third round at BMW

The lead pairing of will likely not be the most talked about Saturday. That's because Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia will tee off together at 11:50 a.m. Garcia apologized for insensitive remarks at Woods' expense in May in a story that had something of a domino effect.

• Many of golf's best react to Furyk's 59

Just as many Tour pros could be seen watching Jim Furyk put his 59 on ice Friday at the BMW Championship, their Twitter accounts also reflected a show of support for the popular veteran golfer. Here's a sampling of their quotes.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Snedeker shines while McIlroy falters

No one – not even Tiger Woods – has successfully defended a FedEx Cup victory. Behind an 8-under 63 in Thursday's first round of the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker is trying to get himself into position to do exactly that.

Woods sees room to improve on opening 66 at BMW

Tiger Woods made seven birdies and shot 5-under-par 66 in the BMW Championship first round. Yet he said, “I didn’t get anything out of it.”

Mickelson gets going late at BMW in 1-under 70

Phil Mickelson arrived late and, no surprise, started slowly on a Conway Farms course he had never seen before. But late in the round he managed three consecutive birdies, two of them produced with familiar and flashy wedge shots, and ended up with a 1-under 70, good for a tie for 18th.

How it Happened: Snedeker moves to lead behind birdie binge

With only two events left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, each tournament takes on a new importance as the world's best fight for the $10 million prize for the winner. Not a bad time to roll off seven straight birdies – which is exactly what Brandt Snedeker did during the first round of the BMW Championship.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Tiger, Stricker, Rose highlight BMW Championship predictions

Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Justin Rose all register as favorites, while Ernie Els, Chris Stroud, Scott Piercy and Kevin Chappell are players to watch at the BMW Championship.

PHOTOS: Equipment on the range at BMW

Our David Dusek is on the range at Conway Farms for the BMW Championship. Take a look at the latest equipment that the world's best are using this week.

Numbers show Tiger Woods as leading POY candidate

Forget for a minute that Tiger Woods has won five times this year; consider that three of them came in tournaments that ranked in the top 10 for toughest and deepest fields -- that's why he should be the current frontrunner for Player of the Year honors.

Steve Stricker decides to play Tour Championship

Despite saying all season that he likely would not play in the Tour Championship, Steve Stricker has made the decision to travel to Atlanta because of his current eighth-place standing in the FedEx Cup standings.

At familiar Conway Farms, Donald hopes for signs of old self

There are home games and then there are home home games. Luke Donald has the latter this week. He’s not only back in his adopted home area in suburban Chicago, he’s playing a PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event at his longtime home course of Conway Farms.

BMW Championship: Conway Farms, hole-by-hole preview

Unlike the other major Chicago tournament sites – Medinah, Olympia Fields, Cog Hill and Butler National – Conway Farms has an intimate feel. Expect a considerable spread in scoring this week, a rarity in modern tournament play.

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