Woods holes out for eagle, Spieth heading for cut

Woods holes out for eagle, Spieth heading for cut

Joaquin Niemann made an 8-foot birdie putt on his final hole to share the lead with Kyle Stanley in the Memorial.

Woods, a five-time victor at the OH event at Muirfield Village, now sits at 11-under-par but is losing ground on Patrick Cantlay, who has taken sole possession of the lead at 17 under through seven holes.

With the course soft and vulnerable to low scores, it was tough to leave shots on the course.

Byeong Hun An of South Korea (who carded a 69 on Saturday) finished the day tied alone in fifth at 12-under while Justin Rose of England, the victor last week at the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial, was in sixth at 10-under after a 69 in the third round.

Tiger Woods ignited the galleries at the Memorial Tournament in OH on Friday with a five-under par 67 but still has a lot of work to do if he is to catch the leading pair of Joaquin Niemann and Kyle Stanley, who top the leaderboard on 11-under 133. He was six behind. He finished in last place in 2015, the last time he was at Muirfield Village.

Along with making his second ace of the season, Cantlay blistered a 4-iron as far as he could hit it on the par-5 15th, the ball landing just short of the green and stopping 4 feet away.

"I really didn't sit down as I was walking back-and-forward to keep it loose and keep myself warm because these are the things I don't know yet". He has made it through the 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier each of the last three years, all in the Columbus area. "And after those two top-10s, I have gained a lot of confidence in my game and I'm also feeling better and I feel able to be out here and play good golf".

"I had some chances to shoot some good rounds this week, " Woods said after a final-round 72 that left him in a tie for 23rd.

For the week, Woods made just one birdie over the closing three holes and played them in 3 over par.

That didn't last. Woods ran his 45-foot birdie putt about 7 feet by on the par-3 16th and missed it coming back, and then closed by missing a 3-foot par putt. "I play beautifully actually".

Woods played the last five holes of the front nine in 5 under, starting with his second eagle of the week. Woods said, "I had total control what I was doing out there but I just couldn't finish it off". "Coming back out of it I was a little anxious how my back was going to feel". The final round will be threesomes teeing off earlier than usual to account for the forecast.

Rory McIlroy faced a long afternoon anxious wait having posted a second round 70 to be right on the then cut-off mark of level par.

McIlroy almost missed the cut, surviving on the number after two days. Just like Woods and DeChambeau, he had a few regrets on the greens. McIlroy made three birdies and an eagle on the front nine and three more birdies on the back, with nary a bogey on the card, rising from tied for 67th to tied for 11th.

Justin Thomas shot 68 and tied for eighth in his debut at No. 1 in the world.

Jutanugarn, Smith and Lee each shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the U.S. Women's Open, where the course held up better than some feared after heavy rains in recent days.

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