Levin leads Memorial; Tiger, Fowler in mix


Many moves were made on Moving Day at the Memorial, but by night’s end, nothing much had changed on the leaderboard.

Spencer Levin, who began Saturday one shot back of Rory Sabbatini, fired a 3-under 69 to move into solo first, one shot ahead of Sabbatini. After an eagle and three birdies on the front nine, Levin had created a five-shot gap midway through the round, but a loose swing and two back-nine bogeys caused that gap to close.

Tiger Woods opened his third round the same way he opened the second round – with a birdie at No. 1. Woods grabbed the early lead on Day 3 but carded four bogeys on the back nine en route to his 1-over 73. Woods sits in solo fourth, four shots back of Levin, in search of his 73rd win on the PGA Tour – the same number of Tour wins held by tournament host Jack Nicklaus.

Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh tied Levin for the low round of the day, also carding 3-under 69s on Saturday.

Fowler sits in solo third at 5 under, three shots back of Levin. Fowler won his first PGA Tour event last month at the Wells Fargo Championship and has shot par or better in his last 19 rounds.

Sabbatini’s 1-under 71 in the third round included four birdies and three bogeys.

Levin infamously held the 54-hole lead earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but carded a final-round 75, gave up his six-shot advantage and ultimately finished third. The week after, Levin finished T-9 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am but hasn’t had a top-10 finish since.