Notes Tiger in Need of Low Number


DUBLIN, Ohio -- Plenty of players put up low scores in the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday. Tiger Woods wasn't one of them.
Woods shot a 1-under 71 and enters Sunday's final round tied for 10th at 8-under 208. He trails co-leaders David Toms, Fred Couples, Bart Bryant and Jeff Sluman by four shots.
The low scores -- eight players shot 66 or lower in the third round -- proved to Woods that he can go low enough to win.
``Anybody can win this tournament right now, it seems like, because it's so bunched up,'' he said. ``It can be had out there. Guys can go low. Hopefully, I'm one of those guys tomorrow.''
Woods is the only three-time Memorial winner, running the table in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Each of those last two years, he won on a course that was saturated by heavy rains.
This is a different animal. It hasn't rained all week at Muirfield Village.
``The guys will continue to make birdies because the greens are soft. On top of that, they're perfectly smooth,'' Woods said. ``You feel guilty for not make any birdies from 20 feet.''
The greens are so receptive, he said it was easy to shoot at pins -- something he was looking forward to doing.
``I'm going to have to go out and shoot what these guys shot early today and hope that it'll be enough,'' he said.
After shooting 70 in each of the first two rounds at the Memorial, Jim Furyk took advantage of an early tee time to shoot an 8-under 64 in Saturday's third round. He birdied six holes in a row on the back side while shooting a 30.
``I've rarely walked off after nine holes saying, 'I got everything out of that nine holes that I could have,''' he said. ``But on the back nine, I did. I couldn't have scraped one more shot out of it.''
He enters the last round tied for 17th at 6-under 210.
Geoff was the low Ogilvy/Ogilvie in the 11:47 a.m. group in the third round of the Memorial.
Geoff Ogilvy shot a 66. Playing partner Joe Ogilvie had a 77.
Rory Sabbatini was able to shoot a 3-under 69 in the third despite battling a stomach virus. He had to make a stop at hole No. 15 because he felt so ill.
``He's been sick since 2 o'clock in the morning,'' said his wife, Amy, who was following her husband's group.
After signing his card, Sabbatini was whisked away in a golf cart and given intravenous fluids.
``He needs some fluids,'' Amy said.
After Jim Furyk completed his 64, he was met by two youngsters seeking autographs. He signed his name for them, then glanced at their faces.
``You went all 18 with me, didn't you?'' he asked. When they nodded their heads, he took off his cap, signed it and gave that to them as well.
Woody Austin, who moved within a shot of the lead with a 65, wore a loud red Tabasco shirt that featured repeated prints of poker chips and royal flushes.
``It's only the second time I've worn it,'' he said of the Hawaiian-motif shirt. ``I had a couple of people say, 'I like your shirt' or 'Can I have your shirt?' Nothing bad.''
He said he would wear a pattern on Sunday that was ``scenic.''
Scott Verplank incurred a one-stroke penalty in the first round when his ball slipped out of his hand and flipped over his coin marker on the green.
Just his luck, he had another ball mark question Saturday.
Verplank hit his approach into 6 feet at No. 13, then Kenny Perry followed by spinning back an approach that hit Verplank's ball, knocking it about 2 feet away.
The ruling was simple -- Verplank simply replaced his ball where it had been. But just to be sure, he called over official Slugger White.
``I had to tell him I had another ball mark ruling,'' Verplank told Perry on the next tee.
He then demonstrated to Perry what happened to him Thursday.
Ernie Els is even par through three rounds and will not win a second consecutive Memorial Tournament title.
He's OK with that.
``No, that's history,'' he said of his chase for a second straight title at Muirfield Village. ``I just want to play good tomorrow, work on my game, get something out of this tournament at least and then hit the next week.''
He'll play next week at the Booz Allen Classic before heading for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, after shooting a 65 in the third round: ``Five minutes of glory, my five minutes of fame.''
The four-way tie for the Memorial's top spot was the tournament's biggest through 54 holes. Three shared the lead in 1981. ... Only the BellSouth Classic had a bigger logjam through three rounds -- a five-way tie for first. ... Toms used a 5-iron on his ace at the 201-yard fourth hole. ... Sluman hasn't won a regular PGA Tour event since the 2002 Greater Milwaukee, and Couples since the 2003 Shell Houston Open.
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