The Barclays. Furyk in the Frame, with Digger Day for Company. August 23 2014

White Dragon GolfThe Barclays Jim Furyk has put himself in the frame to win The Barclays, with Aussie Digger Day for company. [caption id="attachment_6534" align="alignnone" width="676"]The Barclays Jim Furyk /Getty Images[/caption] Jim Furyk and Jason Day lead The Barclays at the 54 hole stage with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jim had a third round -2 under par 69, while Jason went one better a -3 under par effort. Jim is not thinking about the six previous times he had failed to convert; " It’s part of my; I don’t want to say my golf history, but it’s part of my golf game and what’s going on. I don’t really block anything out. It’s done. It’s over."  "I've thought about those situations and how I could handle them better. Just put it behind me and try to use it to my advantage in the future.” "I don't need any motivation. Sitting tied for the lead in a big of golf tournament on a golf course that I really enjoy playing and have a lot of respect for. I think it's a great golf course. No extra motivation needed. I'm just happy to be in a good spot and looking forward to tomorrow.” Jason had a wild ride during this third round of -3 under 68, which included a double-bogey on the par five 13th, and a bogey on the par five 17th. It was a case of what could have been;

“Oh, it feels great, obviously the hard work that I've put in since the WGC, just to be able to get the all‑clear to go out there and not let the thumb injury kind of hinder what you're trying to do in practice. At the end of the day when you have an injury and it's slowly not going away, you kind of play little games in your head." 

“You're thinking, ‘OK, when will I be back fully healthy? When can I practice again? Will I ever play the game again?” 

“Since it's been a stop-start year, to be able to work hard and get yourself into contention, maybe to even win the FedEx Cup at the end of the playoffs would obviously cap off a great year. This is only my 12th start of the year. There's still a lot of good golf ahead of me this year.” [caption id="attachment_6540" align="alignnone" width="630"]The Barclays Jason Digger Day / Getty Images[/caption] Hunter Mahan is alone in third place, a third round -3 under par 68 giving him a -8 under par tournament total. He said his round was relatively stress free, and hopes this result will improve his chances of a Ryder Cup pick; “I just felt like I had good looks and if I didn't make them, then they were tap‑ins. I was hitting fairways and greens and I was putting for birdie all day. I don't want to say an easy round, but it wasn't too stressful, I guess.” “I know a win would definitely improve my chances. So you know, right now, it's just with the FedEx Cup playoffs and everything, a win means a lot from a points perspective and everything else. Got to be aggressive and go out and try to win.” The final round of this opening FedEx Cup playoff event is shaping up as a shootout, there are 15 players who are separated by three shots.