Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Woods shoots 67, Niemann and Stanley lead Memorial

Woods shoots 67, Niemann and Stanley lead Memorial

For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695 meaning he gave up more than 7 shots on the greens; had that number been 0, in theory he would have finished 7 strokes better and been leading or certainly in a position to chase down eventual playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau.

A 90-minute weather day seemed to boring his momentum as the former world number one made pars on the next three holes but he snatched his fifth birdie at 15 before giving the shot back at the 17th to finish on a combined 139.

Stanley was tied for the lead with DeChambeau until he missed a short par putt on 18 and ended with his fourth bogey of the day. He was briefly tied for the lead Saturday until three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes, and he had to settle for a 68.

Tiger Woods had another frustrating round with his putter on Saturday. His tee shot on the par-3 12th hole hit the flag and settled six feet away, but that's when the horn blew signaling a weather delay. "If I just keep building on this, with how I'm hitting it right now, I'm in good shape for two weeks from now". I just didn't really play well.

DeChambeau wasn't even sure where he was when he finished because so many players worked their way up and down the leaderboard over the final two hours.

Bryson DeChambeau watches his second shot on the 15th hole during the third round of The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. This was his 3rd under-par hole in a row and moved An to 5 under for the round. He hit the ball so pure last Friday that he missed five putts inside 7 feet and still shot 67.

Past year at Muirfield Village, he shot 76 in each of the first two rounds and was sent packing.

Woods played the last five holes of the front nine in 5 under, starting with his second eagle of the week.

After being mired in the pack with opening rounds of 74 and 70, McIlroy carded an eagle on the par-5 5th hole and added a half-dozen birdies for a 64, the best round of the tournament. He made the turn in 33 with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then he made a solid escape from the rough and trees on No. 11 before holing out for eagle.

"I know I shot 68 today, but again, that's probably the highest score I could have possibly shot", said Woods, who was five shots behind.

"This week I didn't really feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off", lamented the 42-year-old. But I'm a different player over the last year, so I just went out with a game plan of fairways, greens and it's been working kind of all year. Woods said, "I had total control what I was doing out there but I just couldn't finish it off".

It wasn't his first time at Muirfield Village, just Ancer's first time playing the tournament.

He had played the Memorial only once before, though the 24-year-old Californian has been a regular in central Ohio.

More thunderstorms were expected last Sunday.

Getting off to a good start on an early tee time has its advantages.

"The weather is supposed to come in and it's supposed to be iffy".

"As the round went along, I played better and better", said Matsuyama, who got his first PGA Tour win at the Memorial four years ago.

Rory McIlroy made bogeys on both par 5s on the front nine as he tried to finish strong.

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