Furyk claims three-shot lead

Jim Furyk carded a five-under-par 65 to claim a three-shot lead after the third round of the Canadian Open in Montreal on Saturday.

The American, who is looking to end a winless streak of nearly four years, extended his bogey-free stretch to 50 holes to claim a big lead over South African Tim Clark, who reached 12-under following a third round 64, thanks to an eagle at the par-four second.

Furyk will join an illustrious group of players to win the title three times should he hang on to his lead, but after failing to win on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Tour Championship, he isn’t taking anything for granted.

“I’ll try not to really focus on where I stand,” he told PGATour.com.

“I just need to worry about my own game and take from the last three days how well I’ve played and basically try to do the same things tomorrow.”

Clark, meanwhile, made an ideal start with a birdie at the first hole, before holing out from 50 yards at the next.

He emitted a groan after hitting the shot, clearly unhappy with his contact, but had no complaints about the outcome.

“I just thought I’d flown it about a foot too far and it actually landed right where I wanted,” Clark said. “Once it hit the ground it didn’t look like missing.”

Local player Graham DeLaet, who started the round just two strokes off the lead, fell away towards the final stages of the round and had to settle for a third round 70 and a tie for fifth on eight-under, seven shots behind Furyk.

“I’m just going to give it my best tomorrow and I’ve got 35 million people rooting me on,” the 32-year-old Canadian said.

In third place on 10-under is Kyle Stanley (68), while Jamie Lovemark is in fourth place on nine-under after carding a 67 on Saturday.