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Levin 1 off Memorial lead, trying to avenge early season loss

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DUBLIN, Ohio – Spencer Levin posted an opening-round 5-under 67 to sit one off the Memorial Tournament lead in hopes of avenging his close call at the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year.

“Yeah, I go sometimes 15, 20 minutes sometimes without thinking about it,” said Levin, who took a six-shot lead into the final round in February, only to shoot 75 and finish in second place. “No, that was a bummer. I mean, I still think about it from time to time. Not too often. When I'm out playing golf like in the tournament, I don't think about it. I mean, I haven't thought about it – I might have thought about it the next week a little bit actually playing golf, but off the course from time to time if you're sitting by yourself, hanging out or whatever, I might think about it a little bit. But it's not an issue when I've been playing. I don't know, I'd like to be in that situation again. That would be great. So hopefully I can.”

He’s certainly on the right track.

Levin carded an eagle and six birdies, getting his round to 6-under before a bogey on the last. The key to his round? It was a hot putting stroke – perhaps the hottest of his career.

“I putted great at Phoenix for three days, but I was hitting it a little better than I did today, so it wasn't quite as extreme,” he said. “I was making shorter putts. But I don't know, this was fun. I haven't putted like that, I can't remember. At least making that long of putts. I don't know, it's fun. They don't happen very often, so it was a good day to do it.”