Memorial Tournament. Jason Had A Duff 3rd Round, But He Recovered To Win.

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Jason Dufner may have had a duff 3rd round, but he recovered to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Jason Dufner seals win in dramatic fashion at the Memorial

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Jason carded a final round, after weather delays, of -4 under par 68 to pick up the Memorial Tournament trophy from Jack Nicklaus.

After that 3rd round 77 Jason had dinner with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, just to unwind;

“I didn’t want to leave the course angry.”

“I think it was good for me, here’s been times where I’ve kind of gone; fallen in and out of love with golf, to be honest with you, as a professional.”

“It was good to be around those guys, they’re excited. They’re passionate. They’re working hard at it. They want to play good. They’re hungry.”

“They want to win tournaments.”

“I’ve always been a fighter, especially since I’ve turned professional.”

 “Doing this hasn’t come easy for me. There’s been a lot of struggles and a lot of setbacks.”

“I didn’t come straight out of college and play the PGA Tour.”

“It took me almost ten years to get out here. Took me another two after that to win and actually get to where I felt comfortable.”

Anirban Lahiri, India,  -7 under 65 today, and Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, were tied in second place at -10 under par. Unfortunately for Anirban the second place finish did not qualify him for the U.S. Open.

Rickie said it was matchplay between him and Jason at the end, and the putting counted;

“It comes down to somewhat match play at that point.”

“You expect your opponent to make the putt. But from 30 feet there on the last hole, that was a pretty solid putt.”

“To see it go in, he earned it, making a birdie on 17. And he got the job done.”

Anirban decided to relax this week and enjoy his golf;

“I’ve been pretty harsh on myself. I’ve beat myself up pretty bad, and coming into this week I just decided to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn’t happening as often as it should.”

“I think I putted really well. And that’s been probably the scratchy part of my game. “

“Once I got that confidence, I wasn’t putting that much pressure on myself to hit it every time.”

Memorial Tournament. Daniel Summerhays has the Advantage, Jason Dufner in Reverse.

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Daniel Summerhays has the advantage going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, as Jason Dufner went into reverse in the third round at Muirfield Village.

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Daniel Summerhays

Daniel carded -4 under 68 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post a -13 under par total, and a three shot lead.

Daniel is aware of the perils on this course;

“A train wreck can happen at any moment, and that’s why it’s such a great golf course because it does test everything.”

“Legitimately from the first hole to the 18th hole, there’s a double bogey somewhere in there.”

“Whatever happens is going to happen, honestly, that’s Muirfield Village.”

Matt Kuchar holds second place at -10 under par, a -5 under 67 today helping him up the leaderboard.

Matt summed up his excitement about being in contention;

“Sundays when you have a chance to win a golf tournament are very exciting.”

“Any time you have a chance on the PGA Tour it’s a thrill.”

Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament, it’s certainly a special place. I think anybody within four or five or six shots of the lead is going to be awfully excited going into tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third spot, Bubba Watson -4 under 68 today, Justin Thomas, -3 under 69 and the reversing Jason Dufner, +5 over par 77.

Jason was up front about his play today;

“Today was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better tomorrow.”

“The tournament is not over, it will be over tomorrow.”

Memorial Tournament. Jason Dufner Flying High.

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Jason Dufner is flying high at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard at Muirfield Village, and will take a five hot lead into the week-end.

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Jason shot another -7 under 65 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s Place, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, with better putting;

“When you’re not holing putts, it puts more pressure on every part of your game.”

“You feel like you have to get your irons closer, take more chances from time to time.”

“You feel like your chipping and your pitching has to be perfect so you can make pars when you need to.”

“You feel like your lag putting has to be good if you’re not holing putts. It can manifest itself into something you don’t want out there.”

“To be honest, tomorrow is another day, I’m working on my breathing.”

“We’ve got two more rounds to go. We’ll see how the course changes if the wind picks up, gets running fast, it plays different. We’ll just see.”

“If we get some showers like they’re talking about it will be soft and be a little bit more scoreable.”

Daniel Summerhays is in second place, those five shots back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Rickie Fowler carded -6 under par 66 to claim third spot at -8 under par for the competition.

Memorial Tournament. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard after round 1 at Muirfield Village, Jason Dufner and David Lingmerth.

Jason Dufner had a solid day at the office Thursday, hitting 17 greens in regulation and making 8 birdies. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Jason and David both opened at the Memorial Tournament with rounds of -7 under par 65, to lead the competition by one shot.

Jason is looking to put four good rounds together here, it is all about his breathing;

“I can put a couple of rounds together here.”

 “But I’m looking for more than that this week. Hopefully, we can keep it going for four.”

“It’s been working, it’s been working all year.”

“Some days I do it better than others. Today, I was really focused on it.”

David won here two years ago

“Obviously, having won here it brings back good memories.”

“And the other years I’ve played here, I’ve always loved it.”

“I haven’t really contended all the way until Sunday those other years, but I’ve always felt good about this place.”

“I feel confident out here. I roll the ball really well on the greens.”

Third place is occupied by Jordan Spieth and Daniel Summerhays, both at -6 under par 66 today.

Jordan was feeling good all day;

“I felt like I scored the way I played today.”

“I got an awesome break on my third hole today, No. 12. I didn’t have much of a chance to stop the bunker shot unless it hit the pin and it dunked.”

“That saved me a couple of shots. I figured it could be a good day when your off shots you’re making birdie on.”

Memorial Tournament. Maiden Win for William McGirt.

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William McGirt won the Memorial Tournament, his maiden Tour win, in a playoff against Jon Curran, at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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William, -1 under par 71 today, and Jon, -2 under 70,  both finished the Memorial Tournament with -15 under par totals, and headed back to the 18th for a sudden death play-off. William won at the second extra hole with a par, after they had both cleared the green with their approach shots. William hit the better return and holed his putt to win his maiden PGA Tour title.

Dustin Johnson was in third place at -14 under par, a -1 under 71 today could have been so much better with a decent putting performance.

Four players tied in fourth place at -13 under par, Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, J.B. Holmes, -3 under 69, Gary Woodland, +1 over 73 and Matt Kuchar, lo +1 over 73.

Rory is in good shape for the U.S. Open, he has been watching video’s of the Oakmont Country Club course, he has never played there before;

“I mean, it looks like an awesome course. It looks unbelievably hard, and it will reward very good ballstriking.”

 “It’s going to be tough.”

Jason Day +2 over 74 today finished at -9 under par, while Jordan Spieth was way back T57 at -3 under for the tournament, Jordan had this to say;

“Didn’t have my best stuff this week, but just kind of didn’t make great decisions when I needed to give respect to the golf course, and that’s something I’m certainly going to have to do at Oakmont.”

“So I recognize that. We’re still running on momentum. Got to get some fresh legs and get ready to go.”

Memorial Tournament. Rain Stops Play, Matt and Emiliano Share Lead.

 

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Rain stops third round play at the Memorial Tournament, with Matt Kuchar and Emiliano Grillo leading at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Kuchar thriving in Ohio

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Matt has completed 15 holes of his third round, but still tops the leaderboard at -15 under par. Emiliano finished 16 holes before play was halted, he too has a -15 under par total.

William McGirt, -8 under par 64 completed third round today, shares second place with Gary Woodland, 16 holes completed, both at -14 under par.

Adam Hadwin, finished -5 under par 67, Dustin Johnson, a completed -4 under 68, and Jon Curran 17 finished holes, all share fifth spot at -13 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished at -9 under, Phil Mickelson -10 under and Jason Day -11 under, the gap to the top could be higher tomorrow once the top players have finished their third rounds.

 

The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. Matt and Brendan Lead.

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Matt Kuchar and Brendan Steele have the half-way lead at the Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

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Matt Kuchar

Matt has carded consecutive rounds of -6 under par 66, for his -12 under par total, while Brendan signed for a second round -5 under 67 to get into a share of the Memorial Tournament lead after 36 holes.

Matt thinks the course is playing a easy as he ever known it;

“As easy as I remember ever seeing it.”

“You can get in the wrong spot, but you don’t have to worry too much about the wind.”

“The ball’s going, great temperatures. It’s fun to be out there playing and making some birdies around this place.”

“I feel like I’ve put it all together.”

“The tough thing and the great thing about golf is there’s so many facets of the game, so many pieces that need to come together to play well. It feels like everything’s coming along on good form now.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par are Emiliano Grillo, -6 under par 66 today and Gary Woodland, who scored the low round of the day, a -7 under par 65.

Gary also thinks the course is perfect;

“This golf course is perfect, so the weather definitely will change things.”

“If it stays like this, you’re going to have to make birdies, and hopefully the weather does miss us, and we can go out and have some fun.”

Emiliano needs to stay patient;

“My expectations were really high going into 2016, and I paid the price.”

 “Even though I told myself to enjoy it, I wanted to play even better.”

“I tell myself just to be patient, and if you’re patient enough, then that win is going to come.”

First round leader Dustin Johnson fell back today recording a -1 under par 71 second round, to join the group at -9 under par in fifth position, with Harlod Varner 111, -5 under 67 today, Jon Curran, -5 under 67, and Kevin Streelman, -4 under 68.

At -8 under are Scott Brown, Adam Hadwin and Zac Blair. The are followed by a group of ten players who are at -7 under par, which includes some big names. Rory McIlroy with -6 under 66 today, Jason Day, -1 under 71, Phil Mickelson, -3 under 69.

This tournament is shaping up to be a great contest, on what is probably one of the finest golf courses in the USA, Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Sadly Rickie Fowler, Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Davis Love 111, Angel Cabrera  and Hideki Matsuyama, with his squeaky cleats in his shoes, were among the players who missed the cut, made at -2 under par.