Furyk stumbles with wet finish on Moving Day

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JOHNS CREEK, GA. (AP) - Jim Furyk has been mired in one of the worst slumps of his career.

With three swings Saturday, all the bad feelings came rushing back.

Furyk dumped his tee shot in the pond on the par-3 15th and two more balls in the water at the brutal 18th hole, taking a pair of double bogeys that put a severe crimp in his hopes at the PGA Championship.

On Moving Day, he was going the wrong way. Furyk struggled home with a 3-over 73, giving up five shots on the final five holes and going from a contender for the lead to a half-dozen strokes behind heading to the final round.

He didn’t speak with the media afterward, but his body language told it all. After his second ball splashed, Furyk’s knees buckled and he bent over as if he’d been punched in the stomach. He put his hands behind his head and stared at the ground, knowing his good play much of the week was largely undone by the brutal finish.

But things are looking up for guy who won the PGA the last time it was played at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001.

David Toms went out early and posted a 65 for the best round of the day. He got rolling with a long eagle putt at the 12th, birdied the next two holes as well, then rolled in a 15-foot birdie at the 18th _ the same hole that would bite Furyk _ after just clearing the water with his approach.

Toms will head to Sunday five shots behind surprising co-leaders Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner.

“Obviously it will take a great round,” Toms said. “But you never know. I mean, that was the goal of the day was to have a good round. I didn’t know it was going to be a great round.”

It wasn’t that surprising.

The Louisiana native is having a career renaissance at age 44, winning for the first time in five years, finishing second at the Players Championship and coming into the year’s final major off a strong ninth-place finish in the World Golf Championship at Firestone.

“I just wanted to have a good round to give myself a chance,” Toms said. “Now, if I can have one of those days (on Sunday), I certainly will be in the mix.”

Toms wasn’t the only one moving in the right direction. Barely noticed, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel surged into contention for his second major title of the year with a 66. He was steady as they come, staying away from bogeys, making birdies on the two paar-5s and mixing in two more birdies to become a final-round factor.

Like Toms, the South African faces a five-stroke deficit on Sunday.

If he can post another 66, who knows?

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