WOODS SHOOTS 85 AT MEMORIAL
Justin Rose made an early surge Saturday at the Memorial, when it seemed as though everyone except Tiger Woods was making a move. Rose kept right on going until he posted a sixunder-par 66 and emerged with a three-shot lead at Dublin, Ohio.
Five years after he first had that handshake with Jack Nicklaus after winning his tournament, Rose put himself in great position by missing only one green on the back nine and creating a little cushion going into the final round.
He was at 15-under 201, three clear of Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth.
“I guess I played a good, solid, patient round of golf. It ended up turning into a great round of golf,” Rose said. “I made my birdies when I had a chance and I limited the mistakes. Kind of surprised to play my way into a three-shot lead. I was looking just to keep pace, but it’s a fantastic position going into Sunday.”
Woods was in a peculiar position after the worst score of his pro career.
When he tapped in for quadruple-bogey eight on the final hole at Muirfield Village, he had an 85andwas in last place. For the first time, he will tee off as a single. Woods did not speak to reporters after the round. The round didn’t feature the kind of shockingly bad chips he had in Phoenix when he shot 82— simply a stunning round of 42-43.
Molinari had four birdies on the front nine until he cooled and shot 69. Lingmerth opened with a birdie to expand his one-shot lead, followed two bogeys with an eagle and then stalled. He shot 72.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen took a one-stroke lead in the Manulife LPGA Classic, making an eagle and four birdies on the first 11 holes and closing with seven pars for a six-under at Cambridge, Canada.
Pettersen had a 19-under 197 total at Whistle Bear Golf Club.
Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe was second after a 67. Cristie Kerr was third at 17 under, also after a 67.
Pettersen birdied the first three holes, eagled the par-five ninth and made another birdie on No. 11. Uribe rebounded from a bogey on No. 11 with birdies on 12 and 14.
Mark Calcavecchia made a15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a four-under 68 and a one-stroke lead over Joe Durant heading into the final round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic at Des Moines.
Calcavecchia, 54, had a nine-under 135 total at Wakonda Club. He has struggled most of the year after off-season surgery on his right hand. But he birdied the last two holes Saturday to grab the lead from Durant, who also shot a 68.
Paul Goydos, Brian Henninger and Michael Allen were tied for third at seven under, all shooting 70.