Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

Dufner has another 65 and opens big lead at Memorial

Dufner has another 65 and opens big lead at Memorial

Sweden's Lingmerth, victor of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted PGA Tour event in Dublin, Ohio, in 2015, set the target early with a morning round that included eight birdies and one eagle, with three bogeys.

Muirfield Village specialist Matt Kuchar and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson both roared into contention on Moving Day, but Summerhays will be the man to beat on Sunday after he fired a composed 68 to hit the front on 13 under par.

Jordan Spieth and Daniel Summerhays are a shot further back on six under but defending champion William McGirt is off the pace after carding a 71.

The 33-year-old from Utah, who finished third in last year's PGA Championship, trailed midway leader Jason Dufner by five shots overnight but five birdies - and a bogey on the 13th - saw him move into the outright lead on 13 under par ahead of 2013 victor Matt Kuchar. "Playing in the last two or three groups at the US Open, that was probably the most nervous I've ever felt".

After a birdie on the 17th hole to take a one-shot lead, he made bogey on the final hole for a 7-under 65, presumably setting up a playoff the next day against Bob Goalby.

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Round 3 "was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better" today, Dufner said. Dufner is tied for third with Bubba Watson (third-round 68) and Justin Thomas (69). "It was not a good situation, but I made the most of it I guess".

"Last summer was a big deal for me", Summerhays said.

But he has not yet missed a putt from inside 10 feet, a feat he credits to recent work with a putting training device. "He wobbled from the get-go, squaring four straight bogeys on holes 2-5, three on failed scrambles and a 3-putt at the fifth from 12'10", before getting on the board with birdie-4 at seven from 5'0".

"A lot of luck with it going in", Dufner said. Fowler (66) was another shot behind.

Zach Johnson dug deep to make the cut on the number with four birdies on his last five holes. "I really love the greens".

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NOTES: Four players on the PGA Tour have held at least a five-shot lead after 36 holes the past two seasons.

But the Columbus resident Day lamented just three opening rounds under par in nine starts at Muirfield Village, where he is a member. Jamie Donaldson of Wales, who had led by two strokes on Friday, carded a two-over 75 and ended up three strokes behind Wood.

Ryu had four straight bogeys in a 74 that left her tied for 98th and in danger of missing the cut.

"I think the one thing that also helps is it gives me something to think about other than my stroke or holing this putt or the situation I'm in", Dufner said.

Matsuyama was among a group of 13 players sharing 13th place that also included five-time major victor Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

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