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DeChambeau moves into Memorial lead

Field Level Media
June 02. 2018 8:21PM




Bryson DeChambeau was nearly flawless, signing for a 6-under 66 that included six birdies, four of them on the final five holes, to finish at 14-under-par 202 and hold a one-shot lead after three rounds of play in The Memorial Tournament, played under warm conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Patrick Cantlay, and second-round co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann of Chile are one back after 54 holes at the sumptuous Jack Nicklaus-designed track. Stanley and Niemann led by two strokes after the second round.

Cantlay fired a 66 on Saturday that included a hole in one on the 185-yard eighth hole, four birdies, an eagle on the par 5 15th and bogeys on the 14th and the closing holes.

Stanley's performance was also up and down. Bogeys on three of his first six holes, six birdies and a final bogey on the closing hole made him settle for a 70 that dropped him to second place. Niemann, the world's top amateur player until he turned pro in April, also recorded a 70 after moving up the leaderboard with a birdie on the final hole.

Byeong Hun An of South Korea (who carded a 69 on Saturday) finished the day tied alone in fifth at 12-under while Justin Rose of England, the winner last week at the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial, was in sixth at 10-under after a 69 in the third round.

Tiger Woods, who has won this tournament five times, played himself into the fringes of contention on Saturday with a 68 that could have easily been better.

Woods missed a short birdie putt on the 14th and had three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes to finish in a tie for seventh at 9-under along with Whee Kim of South Korea (a 67 on Saturday), J.B. Holmes (71) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (71).

Jutanugam leads

SHOAL CREEK, Ala. (Reuters) - Ariya Jutanugarn moved within three strokes of halfway leader Sarah Jane Smith as the second round of the U.S. Women's Open was completed on Saturday.

The former No. 1 one from Thailand was among half the field who returned at the crack of dawn following Friday's long lightning delay.

Ariya had 10 holes left, and she picked up two birdies and one bogey to card a two-under-par 70 at Shoal Creek.

The Thai former number one was the only player to get anywhere near runaway leader Smith, who shot a five-under 67 on Friday to establish a lead.

At 10-under 134, Smith is three strokes ahead of her nearest challenger, Ariya, and four in front of Su Oh, who also finished her round on Friday.

Ariya said she was paying little attention to her secon-place position, and instead was focusing on her own game.

"I'm not really thinking about my position but I'm really happy about my game right now," she said.

"I've been trying to improve my short game and it's getting better."

She had reason to feel weary as she had set her alarm for 4 AM local time, after not realizing that the morning resumption had been pushed back an hour from its originally scheduled time of 6:45 AM.

A large pack including former champions Michelle Wie and Park In-bee were tied for fourth at three under, which means Smith is seven strokes clear of everyone but Ariya and Oh.

Not only that, Smith, who is winless in 222 starts on the LPGA Tour, got to sleep in on Saturday while many of her rivals were up before dawn.

Officials scheduled the third round to begin within an hour of the completion of the second as they scrambled to get the championship back on track, still hopeful of completing 54 holes by day's end.

The cut fell at four-over 148.

Among the casualties were no-longer defending champion Park Sung-hyun, who carded 76 77.

World number two Shanshan Feng of China also bowed out after shooting 78 74. (Editing by Clare Fallon)


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