Dufner has another 65 and opens big lead at Memorial

Day clawed his way back from the bottom of the leaderboard during the third round of the US PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

Five shots back to start the day, Summerhays made up that deficit in five holes, when his playing partner, the 36-hole leader Jason Dufner, imploded nearly immediately.

At least he's still in the game, and he has plenty of company. Dufner is 5 over for the round thus far and T-2 alongside Matt Kuchar and Jamie Lovemark.

Four of his six birdies came on his inward run, including three in a row at the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Dufner compounded his misery by driving into a water hazard at the last for a closing bogey, finishing the day tied for third at nine-under with compatriots Bubba Watson (68) and Justin Thomas (69).

The last three winners of the Memorial had never won on the PGA Tour, and Summerhays fits that mold.

Summerhays made his only mistake of the day at the 13th after tugging his tee shot into a fairway bunker, but he got up and down from a greenside trap for birdie at 15 before picking up another stroke at the 17th following a well-judged approach to inside three feet.

"I'll have to play some great golf but I'm driving the ball the best I ever have and there's still a lot of play to unfold", said Leishman. He missed the putts he had been making for two days.

"Obviously, having won here it brings back good memories", Lingmerth said. "But it's one of those things".

The Irishmen could only doff their caps to Dufner who has made himself the man to beat after a second successive 65 left him on 14-under par. He already was eight shots back when he teed off later in the day, and all he managed was a 72.

Lydia Ko is skipping the event and will lose her No. 1 ranking to No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, also taking the week off, or No. 3 So Yeon Ryu. Dufner had a pair of three-putts, and he twice missed birdie putts from 6 feet.

"I made some nice pars and rolled in some putts", he added, although the highlight of his day didn't involve putting.

Dufner credited his round to crisp iron play that "put me in positions to have some looks at birdies".

"Honestly, I've got so much to think about out there right now, " Summerhays said.

"A train wreck can happen at any moment", Summerhays said in sympathy. "But again, playing with the lead on this golf course I imagine is going to be hard".

Jordan Spieth knows the feeling. McGirt finished with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole and followed with bogeys on Nos. Spieth started the back nine with two straight birdies, but followed with two straight bogeys.

Victorian rookie pro Brett Coletta, playing in his second Tour event, fired a 69 and the 20-year-old shares 20th at three under.

"I really don't have any goals tomorrow besides give all my efforts into each shot", Summerhays said.

  • Rosalie Stanley