With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the emotions involved in this tournament.

Players were offered a chance to donate to a trust fund for the 4-year-old daughter of Lance Bennett, his caddie. Bennett's wife, Angela, died of a seizure Wednesday. Kuchar decided to play to raise awareness and get the PGA Tour involved in helping the family.

His performance certainly helped.

Ryan Palmer overcame a rocky start for an even-par 71. Jason Day struggled at the end for a 68. They were tied for the lead at TPC Boston going into the third round of a FedEx Cup playoff event that ends on Labor Day.

Kuchar was a shot behind after a 66 that featured six straight birdies around the turn.

"You never know how things will work out in the game of golf," Kuchar said. "But it felt like there's some fate working, as well. The funeral is coming up and some things that will be difficult. But right now, I feel like there's some inspiration and some fate working."

On his bag is Brian Reed, a longtime friend who introduced Kuchar to Bennett several years ago.

Meanwhile, Palmer made birdie on his first hole and thought he was off to the races. He followed with a double bogey, a bogey and then tried to hang. A birdie on the final hole put him at 8-under 134.

"It could have gone the other way real quick," he said. "I was glad to get that last birdie on 18 and salvage even (par)."


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Day ran off five birdies on the front nine to build a two-shot lead, only to drop four shots coming in.

"I played good on the front nine, played kind of average on the back nine. But I got it in," Day said.

Billy Horschel (66) joined Kuchar at 135.

Rory McIlroy had a 69 and was five shots behind. Phil Mickelson shot a 69 for a 142 total. The top 70 in the FedEx Cup move on to Cherry Hills in Denver next week for the third playoff event.

LPGA: Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot her second straight 5-under 67 for a share of the third-round lead in the Portland (Oregon) Classic. Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur shot 70s to match Pettersen at 11-under 205 at Columbia Edgewater. Ciganda bogeyed 18 to fall into the tie.

Champions: Bob Tway shot a 7-under 63 for a share of the lead with Joe Durant and Joe Daley at the Shaw Charity Classic. Durant and Daley shot 68s to tie Tway at 10-under 130 at Canyon Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. Tway is winless on the 50-and-over tour. Gary Hallberg (65), Mark McNulty (66) and David Frost (68) were 9 under.

Web.com: Colt Knost shot his third straight 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first of four events in the Tour Finals. Knost was at 15-under 201 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sam Saunders (70) and Greg Owen (68) shared second.