You Oughta Know: Watson eyes third title of 2014

RSS

Already having won at Riviera and Augusta National this year, Memorial Tournament 54-hole leader Bubba Watson is in position to win on a revered venue for the third time since February. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round at Muirfield Village, where the two-time Masters champion holds a one-shot advantage:

• While a left-handed player has never won at Muirfield Village, there's a good chance that drought could end this week. Both players in Sunday's final pairing - Watson and Scott Langley, who sits alone in second place - are southpaws.

• After wins at the Northern Trust Open and the Masters, Watson is looking to join Jimmy Walker as the only three-time champs during the 2013-14 season. He would also knock Walker out of the top spot in the season-long FedEx Cup standings for the first time, as Walker has led since winning the season-opening Frys.com Open in October.

• Langley is in contention for his first PGA Tour win after rounds of 66 and 67 the last two days. Langley, who won the 2011 NCAA individual championship while at Illinois, has now played 41 straight holes at Muirfield Village without a bogey. His best career finish on Tour was a third-place showing this year at the Valspar Championship.

• World No. 1 Adam Scott is again in contention, and will begin the final round in fourth place, three shots behind Watson. He overcame a two-shot deficit to win last week at Colonial, and should he again pull off the comeback he would become the first player to win back-to-back PGA Tour events since Rory McIlroy claimed the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship in September 2012.

• Speaking of McIlroy, he is in the mix despite a second-round 78. McIlroy has now had at least one nine-hole split of 40 strokes or more in four straight PGA Tour events, though he has managed to crack the top 10 in each of the prior three. After an outward 43 Friday, McIlroy rebounded with a 3-under 69 in the third round and now sits in a tie for 14th, six shots off the pace.

Hideki Matsuyama tied for 10th last week at Colonial after holding a share of the 54-hole lead, and the Japanese phenom is again in contention. Matsuyama will begin the final round at 10 under, two shots back and alone in third place, as he looks to win on the PGA Tour for the first time. Matsuyama tied for fourth earlier this year in Phoenix and his best career result came at the 2013 Frys.com Open, where he tied for third.

• After a third-round 67, Jordan Spieth once again finds himself near the lead heading into the final round. Spieth will tee off Sunday at 8 under, tied for fifth, as he looks for his seventh top-10 finish in just 17 starts this season. It would also be his fifth top-15 finish in his last six starts overall.

• Following his breakthrough win, Brendon Todd has shown no signs of slowing down. Todd notched his first win two weeks ago at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, then tied for fifth last week at Colonial. He will begin the final round alongside Spieth in a tie for fifth at 8 under, just four shots behind Watson's lead.