Tiger battles to 71 in third round at Memorial

Paola Ditto
Luglio 20, 2020

Rory McIlroy mixed the sublime with the frustrating during his second round to leave himself seven shots off the lead at the halfway stage of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

On 12 under par he leads by four from Americans Ryan Palmer and Tony Finau - the latter putting a serious dent in his chances of a second PGA Tour title when he lost his cool on the back nine.

"Today could be one of the best rounds of golf I've played in my life, " Rahm said, a tribute to a Muirfield Village getting so close to the edge it drew comparisons with a major. "When I had that in mind, once I made it through 12, I thought 13, 14, 15 are holes you can attack if you put it in the right spot".

Rahm could overtake McIlroy at the top of the world rankings if he goes on to win this weekend, with his five-under 66 only bettered by two of yesterday's other early starters. They're fast. A little disappointed in my finish, but look, I'm in a good position going into tomorrow. That's what I need to keep doing.

"I'm really proud of the way I handled myself", Riley said.

"Now I've got to flip that and hope I have good weather because if you play good, it's the best way I have to possibly increase that lead and try to win by as many as possible".

The Jack Nicklaus-hosted event is the sixth tournament since the US PGA Tour resumed following a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events played without spectators.

Finau and Palmer shared the 36-hole lead at 9-under, one ahead of Rahm.

That's what made Rahm's round so special, dropping only one shot, on the par-3 eighth.

A birdie from five feet at the seventh was followed by a bogey on the next after Rahm tangled with a bunker in an uneventful front nine.

"Sixteen was a complete bonus honestly", Rahm said. And then he capped it off with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th.

Double-bogey disaster then struck Finau at the par-3 12th when he found the rough, needed two chips to reach the green and missed a 10-foot bogey putt. "Ran into some speed bumps on the back nine". "Man, this golf course can get you in a heartbeat".

"I'm probably pretty fortunate to be within a few shots".

Finau is a six-time PGA runner-up whose only win came at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.

Danny Willett is in fourth place at 6-under, and rounding out the top five is the duo of Jason Day and Henrik Norlander at 5-under.

Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, who battled back issues Friday and shot 76 to barely make the cut, fired 71 to stand on 218.

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