DUBLIN, Ohio – A spectacular chip-in at the 16th hole on Sunday provided Tiger Woods with the edge he needed to win the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance for the fifth time in his career.
The legendary Jack Nicklaus, who hosts the tournament, told Woods the shot was the "best I've ever seen here." The former world No. 1 wasn't done yet, though, as Woods made a 9-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to seal the win.
Woods closed with a 67 that tied for the low round of the day and lifted him to 9 under for the tournament. He birdied three of his last four holes to hold off Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romero by two strokes.
"I hit it good today," Woods told CBS announcer Peter Kostis after the round. "That was some good stuff out there today. I never really missed a shot today. As Sean (Foley, his swing coach) likes to say -- go out and put on a stripe show today."
The victory was the 73rd of Woods' career and ties him with Nicklaus for second all-time. Only Sam Snead has more with 82. Woods is 10 years younger than Nicklaus was when he won his 73rd at the 1986 Masters.
"It's been pretty nice," Woods said. "A nice run since I turned pro. To do it at age 36 is not too shabby. A am proud of what I've done so far. I feel like I've got lots of good years left."
Woods will resume his pursuit of Nicklaus' record 18 majors in another week at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club as one of three two-time winners on the PGA TOUR in 2012.
5:50 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini chipped to 6 feet and made the putt for par to shoot 72 and finish tied for second at the Memorial Tournament, two strokes behind Tiger Woods. Spencer Levin, the overnight leader, also made par and tied for fourth at 5 under after closing with a 75 and a disappointing 40 on the back nine.
5:43 p.m. – Standing on the upslope beside the fairway bunker, Rory Sabbatini launches his approach to the 18th green. When it settles in the tall grass behind the green, Tiger Woods has won his fifth Memorial Tournament title.
5:35 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini didn’t do himself any favors when he dunked his second shot at the par-4 17th into a greenside bunker. He blasted out to 4 feet and made the putt for par but now he needs to hole his second shot to deprive Tiger Woods of his fifth Memorial Tournament win.
5:32 p.m. – Tiger Woods delivered the knock-out punch at the 18th hole when he made a 9-footer for his third birdie in the last four holes to open a two-stroke advantage over Rory Sabbatini.
5:24 p.m. -- Andres Romero sees the next 30 minutes or so as a win-win situation. “Nothing is lost,” he said. “I will wait until the last putt, and if I have to go for a playoff, I will be more than happy to do it, otherwise I'm super satisfied with what I did.”
5:21 p.m. – His 20-footer for birdie at the 17th hole refuses to fall but Tiger Woods still leads by one as he prepares to tee off on the final hole at Muirfield Village.
5:19 p.m. – Tiger Woods leads alone now after Rory Sabbatini finds the right greenside bunker, blasts to 11 feet and misses the par putt. He had to make a 3-footer to stay within a shot of Woods.
5:08 p.m. – After the noise died down, Rory Sabbatini made his 4-footer for par at the 15th hole. He and Woods are tied at 8 under.
5:05 p.m. – Don’t look now but Tiger Woods just holed a 50-foot downhill chip to the par-3 16th to tie Rory Sabbatini for the lead. An uppercut seldom seen of late followed as the crowd roared its approval.
5:03 p.m. – Andres Romero just made a 7-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to shoot 67 and post 7 under. Don’t think he’ll be going anywhere, do you?
4:57 p.m. – Tiger Woods has pulled within a shot after two-putting the 15th for birdie from 21 feet. But the leader, Rory Sabbatini, and Spencer Levin, who trails by two, are also playing the par 5.
4:46 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini’s 14-footer for birdie at the par-4 14th hole died on the right edge. He still leads by two. Spencer Levin has joined the group at 6 under with an 11-footer for birdie on the same hole.
4:39 p.m. – Things just got worse for Spencer Levin as he double-bogeyed the 13th hole from the right rough and the left greenside bunker, missing from 9 feet for his 5. He’s dropped back to 5 under and is three off the lead.
4:32 p.m. – Tiger Woods hit his second shot into the rough behind the green at the 14th hole, chipped to 3 feet and made the putt for par to remain two behind Rory Sabbatini. Meanwhile, Jonathan Byrd has joined Woods and Andres Romero at 6 under with a two-putt birdie at the par-5 15th.
4:24 p.m. – Andres Romero made a 7-footer for eagle at the 15th hole to join Tiger Woods at 6 under, two strokes off the pace. Woods has just two-putted the 13th hole for par from 27 feet.
4:20 p.m. – We have our first change at the top of the leaderboard at the par-3 12th. Rory Sabbatini made a 3-footer for his second straight birdie to move to 8 under as his playing partner, Spencer Levin, bogeyed. Levin found the greenside bunker, blasted out to the fringe and chipped to 5 feet for his second bogey in three holes.
4:12 p.m. – Tiger Woods finally made par at the 12th hole – but it wasn’t easy. His tee shot at the par 3, where he had made double bogey and bogey the last two days – landed on the left side of the green, 86 feet from the pin. He putted to 6 feet and made the putt for par to remain at 6 under.
4:08 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini made a 3-footer for birdie at the par-5 11th hole to move within a shot of Spencer Levin, who got up and down for par from the rough beside the green, making a putt from 6 feet to save.
3:58 p.m. – After making birdie on both of the par 5s on the front nine, Tiger Woods faced a 7-footer for another at the 11th hole He left the putt just short, though, and remains two behind Spencer Levin with seven holes remaining.
3:48 p.m. – Spencer Levin found the fairway bunker off the tee at No. 10, then sculled his second shot off the sand and just back into the short grass. He still had a chance at par, but two-putted from 19 feet. So he heads to the 11th tee 8 under and leading by two, but Tiger Woods has a chance at birdie up ahead.
3:39 p.m. – For the second straight day, Tiger Woods has bogeyed the 10th hole. He hit his second shot into the left greenside bunker, blasted out and missed a 13-footer to save par. So Woods falls to 6 under for the tournament and his is now tied with Rory Sabbatini, three shots behind Spencer Levin.
3:34 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini found the back fringe at the ninth hole, putted cautiously down toward the pin and the water, then lipped out his 7-footer to save par. So he’s now three behind his playing partner, Spencer Levin, who made par, as they head to the back nine.
3:22 p.m. – Tiger Woods heads to the back nine at 7 under after two-putting the ninth hole from 35 feet for par. His playing partner, Rickie Fowler, only made two pars on the front nine and shot 40 so he’s just 1 under for the tournament.
3:18 p.m. – A solid up-and-down from the back left greenside bunker at the par-3 eighth has kept Spencer Levin at 9 under and two shots clear of Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods. Levin made an 8-footer there to save par.
3:05 p.m. – Tiger Woods just gave one shot back when he found the greenside bunker at No. 8, blasted out and missed a 20-footer to save par. So he now trails Spencer Levin, who was unable to birdie the par-5 seventh, but two strokes.
2:58 p.m. – Make that three straight for Tiger Woods. He reached the par-5 seventh in two and his 32-foot eagle putt teased the hole before he tapped in for birdie. Woods is now 8 under and one stroke behind Spencer Levin.
2:40 p.m. – Watch out. Here comes Tiger. He’s just made his second straight birdie – raising his putter in salute as the as the ball finds the cup – to move to 7 under and two strokes off the lead. The cover comes off the driver as he prepares to tee off at the par-5 seventh.
2:38 p.m. – Consecutive birdie putts of 6 and 13 feet have moved Andres Romero to 5 under for the tournament. He’s tied with Aaron Baddeley, four strokes back.
2:36 p.m. – We’ve now had two 67s posted. Greg Owen used his to move to 2 under for the tournament while J.B. Holmes got back to even.
2:26 p.m. – Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler have both birdied the par-5 fifth hole. Woods got up and down from the left side of the green, holing a 5-footer, while Fowler hit his approach to the back fringe and ended up making a 7-footer. Woods is three behind. Fowler, who is back to 3 under, has yet to make a par.
2:21 p.m. – Aaron Baddeley just rolled in a 14-footer for birdie at the par-5 seventh hole to move to 5 under for the tournament. It was his fourth birdie of the day against one bogey.
2:18 p.m. – Both players in the final group missed the green at the par-3 fourth hole. Levin was able to make his saving putt from 6 feet while Sabbatini missed from 8. The margin is back to two strokes.
2:10 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini has gained a stroke on his playing partner, Spencer Levin, with an 8-footer for birdie at No. 3 to move to 8 under. Levin missed a birdie opportunity of his own from 10 feet.
2:08 p.m. – Rickie Fowler found his third straight greenside bunker, this time at the fourth hole, and once again was unable to save par, missing an 8-footer on the way to a bogey. He’s now 3 over for the day and 2 under for the tournament. Tiger Woods two-putted from 22 feet for par.
2:01 p.m. – Spencer Levin and Rory Sabbatini both missed birdie putts on the second hole. Levin’s was from 24 feet while Sabbatini had 13. So the gap is still two shots.
1:57 p.m. – Tiger Woods bent over in frustration after his 20-footer for birdie at No. 3 curled under the cup. Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, made double bogey – finding the right greenside bunker, then missing a pair of 6-footers before finally holing a putt from 3 for double bogey. Woods now owns third alone at 5 under, four back, while Fowler has dropped into a big tie at 3 under.
1:47 p.m. – Tiger Woods just got his first birdie, sinking a 7-footer after backing off once as the wind whipped across the green. Rickie Fowler, on the other hand, gave the stroke he gained at No. 1 back as he was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker, missing a 12-footer to save. Both are 5 under and four back.
1:45 p.m. – Spencer Levin wasted little time setting a positive tone for the day, making an 11-footer for birdie to grab a two-stroke edge on his playing partner, Rory Sabbatini.
1:30 p.m. – Rickie Fowler made a 14-footer for birdie on his first hole to move to 6 under. Fowler’s pplaying partner, Tiger Woods, two-putted for par.
1:22 p.m. – Jonathan Byrd and Aaron Baddeley are on the move. Byrd birdied his first hole to get to 4 under while the Aussie has joined him with birdies at Nos. 1 and 3.
1:03 p.m. – Hunter Mahan and K.J. Choi have posted the low rounds of the day – so far – with 68s. Mahan, who already has two PGA TOUR wins in 2012, birdied three of his last five holes while Choi made six birdies and two bogeys in his round. Both finished 72 holes at 2 over.
12:45 p.m. – There are a lot more red numbers on the leaderboards at Muirfield Village right now than at this time on Saturday. Stewart Cink, for example, has birdied three of his first five holes to move from 1 over for the tournament to 2 under.
12:30 p.m. – Sunday is a chamber of commerce day in Dublin. The sun’s shining, there’s no threat of rain and the temperature will top out in the upper 70s. Winds gusting toward 30 mph could present a challenge, though, particularly as the afternoon progresses.
Tiger Woods birdied the par-4 sixth when he got this slippery putt to drop.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Alabama freshman Justin Thomas was named the NCAA Division I winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate golfer on Sunday.
Thomas won his first college tournament earlier this year and went on to take three more titles. Thomas, who is from Goshen, Ky., previously won the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman and was named a first-team All-American.
Ben Taylor was the Division II recipient after the Englishman won twice, finished second four times and led Nova Southeastern to its first national crown. Noah Ratner of Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., received the Division III award after winning four times and earning first-team All-America honors for the second straight year.
Texas Wesleyan's Nathan Anderson was the NAIA Jack Nicklaus Award winner after capturing first-team All-America honors for the second straight year. Jimmy Kozikowski of South Mountain Community College won the NAJCAA after winning twice and finishing 10th or better in all 12 events he played this year.
The Jack Nicklaus Award is given annually by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Raymond Floyd will be honored at the 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Floyd joins an eclectic list of Memorial Tournament honorees that includes this year’s inductee, Tom Watson, as well as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Judy Bell, Andy North, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Tony Jacklin and Sean Connery, among others.
Floyd won three of the four major championships, and a total of four -- missing out only on the British Open. The closest he came to adding the Claret Jug to his trophy case was in 1978 where he finished second to Jack Nicklaus. Floyd’s final major championship title came in 1986 when he beat Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck at Shinnecock Hills – at the age of 44.
Floyd, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, won 22 PGA TOUR titles -- in four different decades -- and 14 more times on the Champions Tour. In 1992 he became the first player to win on both Tours.
Amanda Balionis and the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio team preview Round 4 of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Spencer Levin shot a 3-under 69 to take the solo lead into the final round.
Following his third-round 69, Rickie Fowler reflects on his play with Bob Stevens from SiriusXM PGATOUR Radio.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Rickie Fowler was one of the few players able to climb the leaderboard on a windy Saturday at the Memorial Tournament.
The red-hot 23-year-old, who has finished in the top 10 of his last four tournaments, birdied two of his final four holes to move into sole possession of third entering the final round at Muirfield Village. Fowler is three strokes behind Spencer Levin and will play in the penultimate group with Tiger Woods on Sunday.
Fowler posted a round of 69 in the blustery conditions on Saturday that tied Vijay Singh and the leader, Spencer Levin, for the low round of the day. He hit 10 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation and used just 26 putts -- including a 6-footer for birdie at the par-5 15th and a 17-footer for another at the 17th hole.
"Felt nice coming in," said Fowler. "Nice to get a few birdies coming in."
Fowler, who picked up his breakthrough win at the Wells Fargo Championship last month, is playing in his third Memorial Tournament. He has a pretty good track record, too, finishing second to Justin Rose in his debut and tying for 22nd last year. Six of his 11 rounds at Muirfield Village have been in the 60s, too.
"I've hit a lot of good shots around here, so I've probably at least birdied every hole or had good shots on all holes out here," Fowler said. "So definitely able to go into every hole out here comfortable and knowing that we've played it well and hit some good shots there. Looking forward to tomorrow ... Anywhere being around the lead on Sunday is good around here."
Fowler said the wind dried to course out as the day progressed and he expects conditions on Sunday that were similar to the first round when he shot 71. Conditions should still be breezy, with the wind gusting toward 30 mph, but Fowler enjoys that challenge.
"I love playing in the wind," he said. "I wouldn't mind it being like this tomorrow. No, I enjoy it. You've got to hit good golf shots and got to hit the ball solidly. I played well today, hit a few squirrelly shots, but other than that we kept it in play and made a few good swings coming in, made a couple birdies, so put ourselves in a good spot for tomorrow."
Fowler beat Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a playoff at Quail Hollow four weeks ago, and he has finished fifth or better in his two starts since that victory. He's pleased with the way he's been hitting the ball right now and expects more of the same on Sunday.
"If you went out and played really well, there's still a low number out there," Fowler said. "It's not easy to go low. Someone that's in the lead is going to have a tough time pulling away. I wouldn't say five or six is too far back, but obviously three or four is kind of a good place to be.
"... I've been swinging really well, so that's obviously helped me stay very calm and collected out there. Very confident with my game and where I'm at mentally, so get ourselves in a good position for tomorrow being a few back, go out and have some fun and see what we can do."
Following his third-round 73, Tiger Woods meets with the media and talks about changing course conditions.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods wasn't feeling quite up to par -- and not just because of that 39 he shot on the final nine holes Saturday at Muirfield Village.
He said earlier in the week that his allergies were acting up, and after the third round of the Memorial Tournament Woods indicated he might have a touch of the flu. Yet, Woods still finds himself in the hunt for his fifth Memorial Tournament victory despite a third-round 73 which marked just his second over-par score in his last 24 rounds at Muirfield Village.
"I've been better," Woods said as he met with reporters outside the clubhouse on an unseasonably chilly afternoon. "I was blowing my nose an awful lot in the towel, so I don't think Joey (LaCava, his caddy) is real happy about that. But overall it is what it is. You've just got to go out there and deal with it. I was focused and patient all day, so can't complain on that."
Woods was also tied for the lead throughout much of the front nine. After those four bogeys on the back nine, though, he ended the day owning solo fourth at 4 under, four strokes off the pace being set by Spencer Levin. Woods will play with Rickie Fowler in Sunday's penultimate group as the two seek their second wins of the 2012 season.
"I certainly probably shot the highest score I could have shot today considering the way I hit it," Woods said. "But I'm only four back, and out here with the conditions, supposed to be like this tomorrow again, anything can happen."
Woods started Saturday on a solid note, rolling in a 21-footer on the first hole -- his first birdie there since the first round of the 2000 tournament. His putter wasn't very cooperative the rest of the round, though, and Woods ended up using 32 strokes with the flat stick.
"I had a difficult time adjusting to the pace today," said Woods, no doubt cognizant of the way the wind had dried out greens dampened by Friday night's downpour. "I know they're ... faster than what they were yesterday. But they just didn't look that fast, and I ran a couple putts by, also left a few short. And also I was trying to stay steady in this wind, which is a task in itself, too. I did the best I could today."
Woods' putter may have not have been very obedient, particularly on the back nine where he had 18 putts, but tee to green he was solid. He's leading the field in greens in regulation and has hit over 71 percent of his fairways in the first three rounds.
"The things we've been working on the last few tournaments I'm finally starting to do," Woods said. "This is the way I know I'm capable of hitting the golf ball. The beauty of it is I've been missing the golf ball in the correct spots, and that's when I know I have control of my game is that you're not going to hit every shot perfect, but at least I miss it on the correct sides."
The par 5s remain a bit problematic, though. After going for the green on all four par 5s in the first round and playing them 3 under, Woods has laid up on seven in the last two rounds, making just two birdies.
"A couple of par 5s are just not the right wind for me," Woods explained, citing Nos. 5 and 11 and then talking about how long the 15th played on Saturday. "Some of the shorter guys won't be able to carry the creek on the left if they pull it. I haven't ever seen it play that long. But it is important to get it down there and give yourself a run at some of these par 5s because there's very few birdie holes out there."
So what is Woods' target score for Sunday? He will be looking for his first come-from-behind victory since the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He's had to make up ground in two of his four Memorial Tournament wins, as well.
"I don't know," Woods said. "The winning score may not change from what it's at right now, or it may go higher, may go lower. We don't know. That's the hard part about this golf course is there's so many demanding holes that anything can happen."
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Spencer Levin gets his chance at redemption on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.
This time, though, he only leads Rory Sabbatini by one stroke at 8 under. In February at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Levin took a six-stroke lead into the final round only to shoot 75 and finish third.
Levin earned another opportunity to pick up his first PGA TOUR victory when he chipped in twice and fired a 69 on a windswept Saturday at Muirfield Village that tied for the low round of a difficult day. Sabbatini shot 71 while Rickie Fowler, who has finished fifth or better in his last three starts, is three strokes back at 5 under after matching Levin's 69.
Oh, and don't forget Tiger Woods, the four-time Memorial champion. He ran into trouble on the back nine Saturday, making four bogeys on the way to a 73, but is lurking at 4 under.
"I don't know if I could have done much better," Levin said. "I had some really good breaks, so I'll take it. I played pretty solid, but it's nice to have a couple good breaks. But if you're going to shoot the low round of the day out here on the TOUR, or any day, you're going to have a couple good breaks or make long putts or chip in generally."
Woods was tied for the lead early in his round after making a 21-footer for birdie on the first hole. He had not made birdie on that par 4 since the first round of the 2000 tournament. Woods went on to make the turn in 34 but stumbled on the homeward stretch with a 39.
The 73 was just Woods’ second round over par in his last 24 trips around Muirfield Village.
"I certainly probably shot the highest score I could have shot today considering the way I hit it," Woods said. "But I'm only four back, and out here with the conditions, supposed to be like this tomorrow again, anything can happen."
5:48 p.m. -- Tiger Woods came up short at the 18th, chipped 10 feet past the pin and missed the putt for his fourth bogey on the back nine and a total tally of 73. He will start the final round alone in fourth at 4 under -- right now, four strokes behind Spencer Levin, who is waiting to hit his approach.
5:41 p.m. -- Spencer Levin made par the hard way at the 16th hole. First, there was a whirlybird of a swing that launched his tee shot into a gaping fairway bunker. He elected to hit out sideways, put his third shot on the green and made the clutch 15-footer for par. Levin leads the field in putting with 71 total and just 23 today.
5:23 p.m. – Spencer Levin’s lead over Rory Sabbatini is now just one stroke. A gust carried Levin’s ball over the green at the par-3 16th and he missed a 5-footer to save par there.
5:15 p.m. – A three-putt bogey from 19 feet at the par-3 16th has dropped Tiger Woods back into a tie for third with Rickie Fowler. The two are 5 under and four behind Spencer Levin.
5:01 p.m. – Henrik Stenson bogeyed his last two holes but he still managed to break par with a 71 on Saturday. He is tied for fifth with Roy Ishikawa, Jonathan Byrd, Bruce Summerhays and Jim Furyk at 3 under.
4:40 p.m. – Don’t look now but Rickie Fowler, who has finished fifth or better in his last three starts, is now tied for fourth after shooting 69 on Saturday. He and Vijay Singh are the only players to have broken 70 so far in the third round.
4:31 p.m. – A 4-footer at the 13th hole lifted Tiger Woods into sole possession of third at 6 under. The four-time Memorial champ is three behind Spencer Levin.
4:25 p.m. – Spencer Levin found the same bunker Tiger Woods did at No. 12. He had a better shot but still left himself a 14-footer and ended up making bogey. His team is now two over Rory Sabbatini.
4:20 p.m. -- Tiger Woods had trouble at the par-3 12th for the second straight day. He found the back bunker -- the same one from which Rory McIlroy made 9 on Thursday -- and had to play away from the pin on the green that is guarded by water. He then two-putted from 41 feet for bogey. Woods, who made double bogey there on Friday, is now tied for third with Jonathan Byrd at 5 under and trails Spencer Levin by five.
4:14 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini broke his second-place tie with Tiger Woods when he tapped in from 15 inches at the par-5 11th. The South African is now 7 under and three behind Spencer Levin.
4:09 p.m. – Rickie Fowler is still six strokes behind but he’s moved into the top 10. Fowler, who is 2 under through 16 holes, won his first PGA TOUR event last month in Charlotte. He’s 4 under for the tournament and tied for fifth with Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Scott Stallings.
3:53 p.m. – Saturday continues to be Spencer Levin’s day. He just chipped in from 91 feet to move to 10 under and four strokes clear of Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini.
3:49 p.m. – Tiger Woods just made his first bogey of the week – he does have two doubles – when his tee shot at No. 10 veered left into the rough, his second shot landed short of the green and he two-putted from 15 feet. Woods now trails Spencer Levin by three strokes.
3:47 p.m. – After hitting his drive at the 13th hole 338 yards, Dustin Johnson holed a wedge from 124 yards for eagle to move to 3 under for the tournament. Johnson, playing for the first time in two month due to back injury, had made the turn in 38 before turning things around.
3:40 p.m. – Spencer Levin regained his two-stroke advantage over Tiger Woods with a deadly approach from 112 yards at the ninth hole that landed 15 inches.
3:31 p.m. – Tiger Woods just made the turn at 7 under after shooting 34 on the front nine. He’s still one behind Spencer Levin, who watched incredulously as the putt he thought he’d missed at No. 8 – he was even walking after it – did a 360 around the hole and dropped in.
3:19 p.m. – The seventh hole is playing as the 14th easiest of the third round – but Spencer Levin couldn’t take advantage. His third shot spun back just off the green and he three-putted from 55 feet for the bogey, missing a 6-footer to save. He’s now 8 under and one ahead of Tiger Woods
3:07 p.m. – Tiger Woods got up and down from the greenside bunker at the par-3 seventh hole, tapping in from 20 inches for the birdie that moved him to 7 under. But Spencer Levin is still two ahead after making a 5-footer for birdie at No. 6.
2:59 p.m. – Former PLAYERS champ Henrik Stenson has made three birdies on the front nine to turn in 33. He’s now 5 under and three shots off the lead.
2:41 p.m. – Spencer Levin just chipped in from 28 feet at the par-5 fifth to open a two-stroke lead at 6 under. Tiger Woods and Rory Sabbatini are tied for second while Scott Stallings is alone at 5 under.
2:39 p.m. – Adam Scott, who bogeyed his last three holes on Friday, continues to head in the wrong direction in the third round. He double bogeyed the first and tripled No. 9 on the way to a 42 at the turn. Scott, who was tied for the lead through 10 holes Friday, is now 4 over.
2:32 p.m. – Matt Every, who is playing in his first Memorial, just made a 10-footer at the 13th hole to move to 4 under for the day and the tournament. He bogeyed his first hole but ended up turning in 33 after making five birdies, two bogeys and two pars.
2:21 p.m. – Jim Furyk just holed a shot from 86 yards for an eagle at the fifth hole. Furyk, who is now back to 4 under for the tournament, has had an eventful start – going birdie-bogey-double bogey-par before making the eagle.
2:03 p.m. – Consecutive birdies at the sixth and seventh holes have boosted Erik Compton into a tie for fifth, two strokes off the pace. Compton’s second heart transplant came from a man who lived in Columbus, so he has a special affinity for the area.
1:53 p.m. – Spencer Levin just drained a 33-footer at the second hole to join Tiger Woods at 6 under. His playing partner, Rory Sabbatini, added a 14-footer of his own to rejoin the group at the top after failing to save par from the greenside bunker at No. 1.
1:30 p.m. – Tiger Woods had not birdied the first hole at Muirfield Village since the first round of his 2000 victory. After holing Saturday’s 22-footer, he’s now done it two days in a row and is tied for the lead at 6 under.
1:25 p.m. – Jim Furyk, who won the Memorial in 2002, got off to a solid start with a 7-footer for birdie at the first hole. He’s now tied with Spencer Levin, Scott Stallings and Tiger Woods at 5 under, one shot behind Rory Sabbatini.
1:01 p.m. – Camilo Villegas will probably have nightmares of the 18th hole on Saturday night after making a 10 there on the way to an 82. There were no penalty shots involved, either.
Villegas hit his drive into a cluster of fairway bunkers, his second shot in the rough and his third back into the fairway -- then took seven shots to get the ball in the hole from 68 yards in front of the green. He chipped four times in front of the green, twice finding the same greenside bunker before finally holing out.
12:43 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker withdrew prior to the start of his third round due to a rib injury.
12:30 p.m. – Friday’s clouds and rain have given way to abundant sunshine and partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 70. There’s a low pressure system circulating over the Great Lakes, though, that could produce some late afternoon showers.