Four tied for lead at the Memorial

Posted: Sunday, June 05, 2005

 

  Tiger Woods shoots from the bunker on the side of the fourth green Saturday, June 4, 2005 during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

Tiger Woods shoots from the bunker on the side of the fourth green Saturday, June 4, 2005 during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

DUBLIN, Ohio — David Toms put a week's worth of excitement into one round Saturday. He had a hole-in-one, made another eagle the conventional way with a brilliant 3-iron into 12 feet and saved par at the end with a 6-iron that smacked into a pine tree after he made contact.

It gave him an 8-under 64 and left him in a four-way tie for the lead at the Memorial.

And now he might have to do it again.

''I put myself in position today, and that's all I did,'' Toms said. ''I'm not going to be able to make pars and hope it's good enough. There are too many guys who can do what I did today.''

Some of them already did, or at least came close enough so that the leaderboard is littered with contenders.

Fred Couples nearly had an ace, picked up an eagle on the 15th and closed with an 18-foot birdie putt for a 66 that enabled him to join Toms, Jeff Sluman (68) and Bart Bryant (66) at 12-under 204, the first time the Memorial has ever had a four-way tie at the top going into the final round.

The third round usually sorts out the leaderboard. All this did was rearrange the names.

''Saturday is moving day, and a lot of guys made big moves out there,'' Sluman said. ''It'll probably be a little bit of a free-for-all.''

Ten other players were within four shots of the lead — including Tiger Woods, one of the few who got stuck in neutral — to set up what figures to be a shootout Sunday at Muirfield Village.

''You've got to shoot what everyone else is shooting,'' Couples said, who will play in the final group at the Memorial for the second straight year. ''I have just as good a chance as eight or 10 guys.''

Bryant recovered from a double bogey at No. 2 when he hit his approach into the creek, making five birdies on the back nine, including a 9-iron that stopped just inches behind the cup at the difficult 17th.

Sluman, who started the day with a one-shot lead, had a chance to finish it that way until a 40-foot birdie putt that he ran up over the fringe slid just below the cup.

What will take it Sunday?

''It's one of those questions you really can't answer,'' said Sluman, who is playing on a sponsor's exemption. ''You can shoot 64 and somebody shoots 63, and then you say, 'I never thought a 64 would be enough.'''

Champions

POLK CITY, Iowa — Mike Reid enjoyed unusual success on the longer holes, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Allianz Championship.

LPGA

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Annika Sorenstam shot a 6-under 65 to surge into a tie with Juli Inkster heading into the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Setting the stage for the kind of Sunday showdown she relishes, Sorenstam birdied five of the last seven holes to erase Inkster's opening-round lead, putting both at 10 under for the tournament.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales — Italy's Alessandro Tadini shot a 3-over-par 72 in the third round of the Wales Open, hurt by poor putting but still leading the field by one stroke.

Tadini, who shot a 62 Friday and has missed 10 of 15 cuts this year, is at 8-under 199.

European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam of Wales shot a 1-under 68 to move to 7-under 200 on the short Roman Road course at Celtic Manor. He is joined in second place by Jose Manuel Lara (67), Miguel Angel Jimenez (70) and Jean Francois Lucquin (68).



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