Rose grabs Memorial lead; Tiger cards career-worst 85


DUBLIN, Ohio – It took three rounds, but a former winner has emerged from a packed leaderboard at the Memorial Tournament. Here’s how things look at Muirfield Village, where Justin Rose leads by three:

Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-15), Francesco Molinari (-12), David Lingmerth (-12), Jim Furyk (-11), Kevin Streelman (-10), Brendon Todd (-10), Hideki Matsuyama (-10), Andy Sullivan (-10)

What it means: Lingmerth began the day with the lead, but was quickly overtaken by Sullivan before the Englishman faltered. As things tightened up, it was Rose who moved to the top with a 66 as he looks to win this tournament for the second time.

Round of the day: Streelman started with a pair of birdies and had six circles en route to a front-nine 31. He made only one bogey on the day, carding a 7-under 65 to jump 40 spots as he looks to secure a spot in the U.S. Open via the world rankings with a big result this week.

Best of the rest: Dustin Johnson gave the fans plenty of reason to cheer, shooting a 29 on the front nine and following that with a near-albatross on No. 11. It led to one of two eagles on the day, and Johnson’s 65 moved him from the cut line to the top 15.

Biggest disappointment: Several big names near the top of the standings faded during the third round, including Jason Dufner and Ryan Moore, but this distinction has to go to Tiger Woods, who sits in last place after struggling to a career-worst 85.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: After a tumultuous close to the third round, this tournament now appears to be Rose’s to lose. The Englishman won here in 2010, won earlier this year in New Orleans and seems to be in control with the U.S. Open on the horizon.

Shot of the day: Rose had an awkward stance near the creek that lines the left side of the 18th fairway, but he launched an approach shot from the rough that nearly went in for an eagle. The subsequent par cemented his lead heading into the final round.

Quote of the day: “Golf gods were not on my side today.” – Jordan Spieth, who shot a 72.