Ex Champion Justin Rose has the advantage at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and will take a three shot lead into the final round.
Justin separated himself from the field, shooting a third round -6 under par 66 to post a Memorial Tournament total of -15 under par.
Justin’s caddie, Mark Fulcher told him he liked their position going into this round;
“It kind of made me feel that there’s no panic, there’s no rush, you don’t have to force anything, just let it come to me.”
“And that’s the kind of round I played today. I didn’t force any hole. I didn’t force any shot. But I hit the right shot at the right time which helped me build the score.”
“I was definitely feeling the pressure for a number of years to notch my first PGA TOUR victory, and it had become pretty elusive.”
” As time ticks on, it becomes harder and harder, so to finally do it and do it at a place like this and a tournament of this stature was fantastic.”
“It definitely began to set me in a very good course, this tournament five years ago.”
“I felt excited about the Memorial and the U.S. Open, I felt excited about these weeks.”
“Now I’m in a situation where I want to win every year.”
“I’ve got that nice run going six years in a row with victories. Now there’s pressure to win every year, so you certainly don’t get complacent.”
In an International top three, Francesco Molinari and David Lingmerth share second place at -12 under par.
David kind of cooled off, carding an even par 72 third round, while Francesco kept up the pressure with -3 under par 69, in his first ever appearance here at Muirfield Village.
David said he lost concentration for a little while;
“I started missing a couple of shots and just kind of lost focus.”
“I got down on myself a little bit and I got a little frustrated.”
“Fortunately, though, I was able to turn it around here a little bit in the end.”
Jim Furyk is the highest placed American, alone in fourth place at -11 under par, a -2 under round keeping him in touch with the leaders. He hopes to pick the right places to be and play well tomorrow;
“There’s places to attack on this golf course and there’s places to play conservative, and I’m going to try to pick and choose those places tomorrow and hopefully do well.”
Tiger Woods totally imploded with his worst ever professional round, +13 over par 85 and declined to speak to the media after his round.
Phil Mickelson also stumbled along today, +6 over par 78, leaving him at +2 over par for the tournament.
It was not too long ago, when Tiger was number one, and every one assumed that when he slipped down Phil would naturally just step up take on the mantle of being the worlds best golfer. For one reason or another it just did not happen.