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Woods was six shots behind.
Bo Van Pelt made three bogeys on the last four holes and still had a 68 that put him two shots behind at 135, along with Masters champion Bubba Watson (66). Dustin Johnson, who had to summon his college teammate from Coastal Carolina to caddie for him when his regular had back problems, had a 67 and was another shot back, along with Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar (69).
Rory McIlroy, who is leading the FedEx Cup, had a 68 and was only four shots behind. He still has the best shot at the $10 million bonus, though he remains far more interested in winning his third straight tournament, and fourth in his last five starts. McIlroy was fortunate not to tumble down the leaderboard, but he scrambled for par on three of five holes at the start of his round, and made up plenty of ground with a 40-foot eagle putt on the 15th.
"I just have to try to think of my standing in this golf tournament, not really think about anything else," he said.
Furyk hasn't won since he turned his cap around in the rain, saved par from a bunker and won the Tour Championship in 2010, along with the FedEx Cup.
He lost in a four-man playoff at Innisbrook. He was tied for the lead at the U.S. Open with three holes to play -- two of them par 5s -- until he hooked his tee shot into the trees and made bogey on the 16th. And he led at Firestone from the opening round until chopping up the final hole for a double bogey to lose by one.
"I think that my personality is that I'm 75 percent mad that I haven't closed the door," he said. "I have to be reminded, whether it's my teacher or my caddie or my wife or whoever it may be, that 'You're playing well. Be patient. Let it happen.' Instead of the silver lining in the cloud, I'm definitely tougher on myself than anyone else."
He'll feel better if he can go to Medinah next week with his 17th career win, though that won't determine how he plays. Furyk doesn't read much about golf, figuring the good stories might go to his head and the bad stories might annoy him. So he's not sure who feels he was a questionable pick.
Woods certainly didn't feel that it was.
"It's not that controversial to us as players," Woods said. "But to some it might be who are outside the team. ... He's been so solid and so rock steady. He's a great team player, and he's playing well. As I said, he's two swings away from being in the top five in points."
Those two swings -- a tee shot at Olympic, a 7-iron at Firestone -- actually would have put Furyk at No. 1 on the Ryder Cup points list. Either way, he'll be at Medinah. For now, his focus is on two more days at East Lake.
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