June 2 2012
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.