Els holds lead at the Memorial

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

DUBLIN, Ohio Ernie Els came out firing and never let up Saturday until he had a 6-under 66, an immaculate round that gave him a two-shot lead in the Memorial.

Els pulled away with back-to-back birdies late in the round at Muirfield Village, getting up-and-down on the par-5 15th and following with a tee shot into 6 feet on the 16th to give himself a small cushion over Fred Couples (68), K.J. Choi (68) and Justin Rose (69).

Despite missing an 8-foot birdie on the final hole, Els was at 12-under 204 and had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour for the first time since winning the season-opening Mercedes Championships last year. He has not lost such a lead in four years on tour, although the Big Easy has his work cut out for him.

Five players were within three shots of the lead, including three-time Memorial winner Tiger Woods, who got into Sunday contention for the third straight time with a 67 that put him at 9-under 207.

Kellogg-Keebler Classic

AURORA, Ill. Karrie Webb put herself in position for her first victory of the year, birdieing four of the final five holes for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead in the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.

The Australian star rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 14 and added birdies on the final two holes for an 11-under 133 total. Jill McGill and Seol-An Jeon were tied for second.

Farmers Charity Classic

ADA, Mich. Andy Bean shot a 7-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with Bob Gilder in the Farmers Charity Classic.

Bean and Gilder (68) had 10-under 134 totals. First-round leader Sammy Rachels (73), Jim Thorpe (70), Tom Purtzer (69), Stewart Ginn (71) and Vicente Fernandez (71) were tied for third at 7 under.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales England's Paul Casey shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a three-stroke lead in the Wales Open.

Casey, a three-time winner on the European tour, had an 18-under 197 total. England's Simon Khan was second. He followed a course-record 61 on Friday with a 70.

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