Furyk leapfrogs Dufner to lead PGA
Furyk, who began the round two shots back of Dufner in a three-way tie for second, drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-four 17th en route to a two-under-par 68 that put him at nine-under 201 for the year's final major.
Masters champion Adam Scott began the day even with Furyk and Matt Kuchar (76) but slipped into a tie for fifth place with Steve Stricker (70) after a two-over 72 that included a double-bogey six at the 16th.
He traded a birdie for a bogey over his next five holes before draining that long putt on 17 that put him in prime position to claim his first PGA Tour win since 2010 and his first major since the U.S. Open in 2003.
After sending his third shot right of the green and chipping well past the hole, Dufner two-putted for a double-bogey six that cut his lead to one stroke.
Scott got off to a quick start by draining a 20-foot birdie putt at the first to move one back of playing partner Dufner but bogeyed the next two holes to slip further behind.
Kuchar also got to within one shot of Dufner with a birdie putt at the opening hole after his approach from 186 yards landed about three feet from the pin.
The game's two leading players, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both tumbled out of contention, Woods battling to a 73 and Mickelson returning a 78.
Mickelson, who captured his fifth major title at last month's British Open, fared even worse, ending the day 19 shots off the pace, in last place of the 62 players who made the cut.
The defending champion capped his round in brilliant fashion, taming Oak Hill's infamous tough closing stretch with birdies at 17 and 18, including a chip-in from behind the green at the last.
"I felt good enough about my game that I could go out there and post a good one today and at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow."
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