"It's opportunity tomorrow to win a golf tournament. That's the way I'm going to look at it."
The opportunity is not theirs alone.
Remember, a year ago Ben Crane rallied from five shots behind Sunday to win in a playoff over Webb Simpson, and 18 players were separated by five shots going into the final round, where the weather again is expected to be mild and sunny.
That group includes Bud Cauley, who was three shots behind after a 68. Crane, who worried about making the cut when he walked off the course Friday, wound up making it on the number and then tied the course record with a 62 to get into the group four shots behind, along with Charles Howell III. Vijay Singh, Chad Campbell and David Toms were in the group at 8-under 202.
The McGladrey Classic features only two of the top 25 players in the world ranking — Zach Johnson (16) and Furyk (23) — yet it could not have offered a more compelling leaderboard with the two guys at the top — Love and Furyk, a captain and one of his picks, two guys who have combined for 36 wins and two majors.
So who could use the win more between those two?
Love mentioned how much it would soothe the sting for Furyk's tough year, "but I'd love to keep him from it."
"We're both very competitive," Love said. "That's why I picked him for the Ryder Cup team. He competes hard every time he goes out there and he gives you everything he's got. I think it would mean a lot to both of us. It would be a pretty close tie."
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