Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Spieth chases Lingmerth as Johnson falters at Memorial

Spieth chases Lingmerth as Johnson falters at Memorial

Sweden's Lingmerth, victor of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted PGA Tour event in Dublin, Ohio, in 2015, set the target early with a morning round that included eight birdies and one eagle, with three bogeys.

And Summerhays pounced with a four-under-par 68 to take control heading into Sunday's final round.

Dunne's 78, 71, for three-over meant a missed cut by two shots.

Summerhays, who started the day five strokes behind Dufner, took only five holes to tie for the lead, after Dufner ran up four early bogeys on another fine day at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.

"Two more rounds to go", Dufner said.

Dufner was still tied for the lead when his wedge on the par-5 11th spun back down the green and into the water, leading to double bogey. One of those dropped shots came at the par-4 18th, as Lingmerth failed to get up and down out of a bunker from behind the green.

Round 3 "was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better" today, Dufner said.

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Justin Thomas, victor of the first two events of the year in Hawaii, joined Watson on nine under after carding a four-birdie 69, while Dufner also shares third place despite a day to forget for the former PGA champion. "That was probably the most nervous I've ever felt. I hung in there", said the 2015 U.S. Open champion, who finished equal second at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth last week. He had played great golf his first two rounds, shooting 66-69 to get to nine-under for the week.

Former world number one Jordan Spieth had three birdies and three bogeys in an even par 72 that left him tied for fourth on six-under 138.

The 33-year-old hit 13 of 14 fairways and said sustaining his career-best form with the driver would be key to any hope of catching Dufner. Fowler is six shots back of Dufner.

His second round play was enough to move him 15 places up the leaderboard and at 3-under he is just one shot behind the veteran Leishman. Coming off a 78 - and his first round without a birdie in almost four years - Johnson couldn't get anything going and shot 74 to miss the cut by five shots.

Watson offset a birdie at 15 with a bogey at the next, and a flawless 20-foot putt for another birdie on the final green completed a four-under 68 as he chases a first victory since the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in February past year.

Muirfield Village member Jason Day (71) is 2 over after 36 holes, skirting clear of the cut line by two shots. I have been playing quite nicely recently, but just not quite putting it all together. Matt Kuchar (70), Bubba Watson (68), Kevin Kisner (69) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (68) are also on five under.

World No. 3 Jason Day struggled, needing two late birdies to shoot a three-over 75.

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