The Mercury

Stricker holds lead in Memorial

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DUBLIN, Ohio: American Steve Stricker faded after making a scorching start to the Memorial tournament third round on Saturday, yet still preserved his three-shot overnight lead.

The world No 8 spectacula­rly eagled two of his first five holes on a sweltering afternoon at Muirfield Village Golf Club but dropped two shots after the turn on the way to a three-under-par 69.

That left Stricker at 12under 204 in the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus, with compatriot Jonathan Byrd in second spot after tapping in a two-foot birdie putt at the last for a matching 69.

Matt Kuchar (68) and Brandt Jobe (69) were tied for third at eight under, one stroke better than compatriot­s Mark Wilson (66) and Shaun Micheel (67) and Rory McIlroy (71).

Byrd, who won his fifth Tour title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, said he was confident of his prospects in the final round. – Reuters

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