Furyk leads going into Sunday

Jim Furyk has a slender one stroke lead going into the final day of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The American carded a scintillating nine under 63 on Saturday, which saw him surge to the top of the leaderboard on 18 under. Brandt Snedeker and Matt Jones are one shot behind.

Starting on the 10th tee, Furyk got off to a fast start with four birdies in his first five holes, and didn’t really let up as he rolled in another three before the turn.

On the next nine, the former US Open winner earned three more birdies to complete a flawless round and give him a chance to win his first event in four years. Furyk’s last win came at the Tour Championship in September 2010.

“Ultimately, I want to win golf tournaments and that’s what’s most important to me,” the 44-year-old told espn.go.com.

“And I think maybe at times last year, I sat here and looked at y’all and said, ‘I’m not going to put pressure on myself, I’m just going to go out there and try and play the same way.’ It’s not hard to look you right in the eye and say, ‘I want to win golf tournaments.’ But it’s hard to go out the next day and try to play the same way and not put extra pressure on yourself.

“We all expect a lot of ourselves and we all put pressure on ourselves on Sunday. But I think that the way maybe I was doing it in the past was a little counterproductive at times.”

Nick Watney is by himself on 16 under while last weeks’ Farmers Insurance winner Jason Day is six sho0ts off the pace on 12 under.