Dufner, Ling­merth share Me­mo­rial lead

Los Angeles Times - - COLLEGES - Staff and wire re­ports

Ja­son Dufner putted for birdie on ev­ery hole un­til the last one at the Me­mo­rial, a game so un­der con­trol it looked as sim­ple as breath­ing.

Even with a bo­gey on the fi­nal hole, Dufner had a seven-un­der 65 for his best score Thurs­day at Muir­field Vil­lage in Dublin, Ohio, giv­ing him a tie for the lead with David Ling­merth. They were one shot ahead of Jor­dan Spi­eth, whose short game is start­ing to re­turn with the U.S. Open around the cor­ner.

Ling­merth, whose first PGA Tour vic­tory came at the Me­mo­rial two years ago, also bo­geyed his last hole on an ideal day for scor­ing.

Dufner opened with a 66-67 at the Me­mo­rial two years ago be­fore fad­ing on the week­end. Last year, he opened with a 68.

“I can put a cou­ple of rounds to­gether here,” Dufner said. “But I’m look­ing for more than that this week. Hope­fully, we can keep it go­ing for four.”

Dustin John­son and Ja­son Day want to make sure they get to play four rounds.

John­son three-putted af­ter putting his tee shot into the wa­ter on the par-three 16th and made triple bo­gey. He three-putted from four feet on the sixth hole and made double bo­gey. And he didn’t make a sin­gle birdie in his round of 78.

It was the first time since the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional in 2013 that John­son failed to make a birdie.

Day, who has yet to crack the top 25 at the club where he holds a mem­ber­ship, made bo­geys on both par fives on the back nine and was headed for a big score un­til he birdied his last two holes for a 75.

Daniel Sum­mer­hays joined Spi­eth at 66; Justin Thomas and Lu­cas Glover were at 67.

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