Rose grabs three-shot lead at Memorial

Sat Jun 6, 2015 7:39pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - England’s Justin Rose took a three-shot lead after the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village on Saturday as he looked to become the event's seventh multiple winner.

The 2010 champion fired a six-under 66 to catapult to 15-under-201 for the tournament. That put the 2013 U.S. Open champion three clear of Italian Francesco Molinari (69) and Swedish overnight leader David Lingmerth (72) who shared second at 12-under.

American veteran Jim Furyk (70), also a former U.S. Open and Memorial winner, sits fourth at 11-under.

Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion, carded the worst round of his professional career, a disastrous 13-over 85, to balloon to 12-over and last place.

“Obviously a lot has been going right," said Rose. "I guess I played a good, solid, patient round of golf that ended up turning into a great round of golf.

“I made my birdies when I had a chance and I limited the mistakes. Kind of surprised to play my way into a three‑shot lead. I was looking just to keep pace, but it's a fantastic position going into Sunday.”

Rose kick-started his American career with a victory here in 2010 and the 34-year-old made no bones about the initial win being critical.

“If you look at my career, to be honest with you, you could say it's gone from strength to strength since getting the monkey off my back and winning here,” he added.   Continued...

Justin Rose reacts on the first green during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports