Notebook: Mahan hopes to avoid letdown

CLASS ACT: Jim Furyk had some short comments to a small group of reporters after a frustrating round, certainly nothing unusual on the tour. What was unusual was that he made his way to the media tent about an hour later to apologize.

"I just didn't feel like I could leave it like that," Furyk told the writers, who assured him that they hadn't been offended in any way.

Third in the FedEx Cup standings, the Canadian Open winner shot an even-par 71 to finish three rounds at 3 under.

FAST START: J.B. Holmes was 8 under after 13 holes, but dropped strokes with bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 and parred the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65.

"I had a little rough finish," said Holmes, eight strokes back at 6 under.

"Just made two bogeys. A couple of bad shots. I was calm all day. Could have been better, but all it comes down to is a great round."

Holmes drove the par-4 seventh, cutting the corner over the trees on the dogleg left with a 328-yard, 3-wood shot. He then three-putted the three-tiered green for par.

"It could have been better," Holmes said.

DIVOTS: Justin Rose had a hole-in-one on the 139-yard 14th, hitting a 9-iron. "It hopped just behind the hole and I shouted it in. It's one of the few balls that's ever listened to me," said Rose, 5 under after a 70. ... At No. 12, leader Steve Stricker is the highest-ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings without a victory this year. ... Mahan and Steve Flesch (67) had the only bogey-free rounds Saturday. ... Instead of the usual weekend twosomes, threesomes are being used to avoid long delays on the two drivable par 4s. With each group taking a space on the course, 25 threesomes are far more efficient than 37 twosomes and a single.

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