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Love, Furyk lead US PGA event in Georgia

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Monday, October 22, 2012

SEA ISLAND, Georgia - American golfer Davis Love closed with a 13-foot birdie to grab a share of the third round lead with Jim Furyk at the US PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic in Georgia.

Love, who served as the US Ryder Cup captain, and Furyk, who was on the US team that fell at Medinah, each fired four-under par 66s in the third round of the event to stand atop the leaderboard at 13-under par 197.

India's Arjun Atwal and American DJ Trahan shared third at 11-under with Bud Cauley of the US another stroke adrift from the penultimate event of the US PGA campaign.

Matthew Goggin is the leading Australian at nine-under.

The event is aimed at players seeking to crack the top 125 on the season's money list and thereby claim a tour spot for 2013.

Atwal, who led by one stroke when the day began but fired a 69, needs a solo second-place finish or better this week to reach the top 125 for the season.

Furyk, ninth on the money list, made back-to-back birdies at the second and third holes, added another at the par-3 sixth and began the back nine with a birdie before closing with eight pars.

Furyk, 42, has seven top-10 finishes this season but still seeks his first title since the 2010 Tour Championship. He has 16 career US PGA crowns.

Love, 48, seeks his 21st career PGA victory and his first since 2008. His best result this season was a share of third at Memphis.

Love answered a bogey at the fourth with a birdie on the next hole and then added back-to-back birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth. He birdied the 11th, stumbled to a bogey at 13 but responded with a birdie at the par-5 15th before sinking his clutch putt at 18 to grab a share of the lead.