Barclays: Fowler leads Reed by a stroke


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Rickie Fowler remains vigilant in his fight to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team by taking the outright lead after the third round of the Barclays on Saturday.

Fowler, who is at nine-under par 204, shot a bogey-free three-under 68 that included a birdie on the 18th hole at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., to take a one-stroke lead over Patrick Reed. Fowler has only one bogey in 54 holes on one of the most difficult courses on the PGA Tour.

Reed, meanwhile, was only able to post an even-par 71 to lose the two-shot lead he had over Fowler entering the round. Reed is one back at eight-under par 205.

A victory for either Fowler or Reed, ranked 12th and eighth in U.S. Ryder Cup standings, respectively, would clinch a spot on the team.

Of Fowler's five career victories worldwide, only one has come while leading after the third round, earlier this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

Adam Scott had the best round of the day, shooting a six-under 65. The Aussie is in third place at seven under after climbing 23 spots up the leader board.

Emiliano Grillo and Martin Laird tread closely, tied for fourth at six under.

Jason Day, the world No. 1 and favorite to win the FedEx Cup, remains close behind following a Saturday one-under 70. He is tied for sixth place at five under with Justin Thomas, Kevin Streelman and Gary Woodland.

Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open champion, shot a four-under 67 to move to four under for the tournament, tied for 10th place.

Jordan Spieth shot a one-over 72, moving back to a tie for 16th place, six off the lead.

Rory McIlroy found himself struggling on the greens again in a round of even-par 71. He is tied for 22nd at two under.

Phil Mickelson shot a one-under 70, moving to even par and nine strokes off the lead.

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