Tracker: Watson moves to lead at Memorial

Bubba Watson during the PGA Tour's 2014 Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
Bubba Watson during the PGA Tour's 2014 Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. ( Getty Images )

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Starting the day three shots back of Paul Casey, reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson took the lead during Saturday's third round at the Memorial Tournament – while big names including Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy gained ground as well.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson shows solid form most of the day in the wake of news having broken that he has been questioned along with other investors in an SEC probe regarding possible insider trading.

Recap the third-round highlights from Muirfield Village right here – and scroll down for our previous Tour coverage this week!

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Update No. 35: 5:39 p.m.

Great pace of play today, and surely tournament host Jack Nicklaus wouldn't have it any other way. Leader Bubba Watson misses the 18th green wide right, however, and can't get a flop shot to hold the green that slopes away from him. He gets up and down for a 5 that has him heading to the scorer's tent at 12 under and leading by a shot.

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Update No. 34: 5:21 p.m.

Let's look again at some notables in this week's field:

  • Bubba Watson: Leader, 13 under (4 under through 16 holes)
  • Adam Scott: T-4, 9 under (4-under 68 today)
  • Jason Dufner: T-19, 5 under (1-under 71)
  • Phil Mickelson: T-47, 2 under (even-par 72)
  • Rory McIlroy: T-14, 6 under (3-under 69)

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Update No. 33: 5:06 p.m.

Jason Day's return from a thumb injury continues to go well, the Aussie carding a 2-under 70 to stand T-19 at 5 under. Day won the WGC-Match Play this year before missing time.

Steve Stricker, who intentionally plays a limited schedule these days, also is T-19 at 5 under after a 70 Saturday. Stricker has been under par each round but has yet to break 70.

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Update No. 32: 4:59 p.m.

Fantastic approach for leader Bubba Watson at No. 15 and an even better putt as he makes birdie to again take a two-shot lead.

Scott Langley pars the 18th for a 67 that has him second at 11 under.

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Update No. 31: 4:47 p.m.

Scott Langley pulls within a shot of leader Bubba Watson with a birdie at the 17th; Langley is 5 under for his round as he heads to the last. Watson hits his approach at the 14th to inside 5 feet for a chance to restore the two-shot lead, but the putt misses and he remains 12 under.

Adam Scott bogeys the 18th to for a 68 as he heads in at 9 under and T-3 alongside Paul Casey.

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Update No. 30: 4:29 p.m.

Bogeys at No. 11 drop Bubba Watson and Paul Casey a shot down the leaderboard and each follows with a par. Watson continues to lead by two shots while Casey, the second-round leader, is T-2 alongside Adam Scott and Scott Langley.

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Update No. 29: 4:03 p.m.

A bogey at No. 10 by Hideki Matsuyama, his second in four holes, drops him back to 9 under and leaves Adam Scott alone in third.

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Update No. 28: 3:58 p.m.

Adam Scott joins Hideki Matsuyama at 10 under in third, thanks to an eagle putt at No. 15. The World No. 1 is in the hunt for his second win in a row.

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Update No. 27: 3:54 p.m.

Paul Casey bogeys No. 10, which gives Bubba Watson a two-shot lead as he makes his third straight par. Hideki Matsuyama is third at 10 under, while Scott Langley is fourth at 9 under.

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Update No. 26: 3:44 p.m.

Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth keep moving in the right direction with birdies. Matsuyama's comes at No. 10 to rise to 10 under and remain in third, Spieth's at No. 17 to rise to 8 under and fifth.

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Update No. 25: 3:23 p.m.

Rory McIlroy isn't exactly known for turning things around mid-round of late, but that's what he's done today. He carded three bogeys in his first six holes but hasn't had once since, as a birdie at No. 17 moves him to 2 under for the round and T-22 at 5 under. McIlroy won last week's BMW PGA Championship on European Tour, then opened with 63 for the first-round Memorial lead but shot 78 in the second round.

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Update No. 24: 3:14 p.m.

Another Bubba birdie: At the par-5 seventh hole, Bubba Watson gets home in two and two-putts to take a one-shot lead over Paul Casey. Great battle in the final group of the day.

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Update No. 23: 3:06 p.m.

Adam Scott's third birdie of his bogey-free round comes at No. 11 and lifts the World No. 1 to 8 under, T-4 with Chris Kirk, Scott Langley and Charl Schwartzel. Jordan Spieth's first bogey since the opening hole comes at No. 15 and drops him to T-8 at 7 under.

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Update No. 22: 3:01 p.m.

A birdie at No. 6 moves Bubba Watson to 12 under and back into a share of the lead with Paul Casey.

Jordan Spieth birdies the 14th to move to 8 under, T-4 alongside Charl Schwartzel, Andrew Svoboda and Gary Woodland. They're four back of the co-leaders.

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Update No. 21: 2:45 p.m.

Paul Casey reclaims the lead outright with a birdie at No. 5 to get back to 12 under, yet Bubba Watson a shot back and 2 under for his round after bogey at No. 4 and birdie at No. 5. Hideki Matsuyama is third at 9 under, having birdied Nos. 3-4 consecutively and parring the next two.

Phil Mickelson scrambles for par at the last to wrap up an even-par 72 that sends him in T-49 at 2 under.

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Update No. 20: 2:35 p.m.

Adam Scott gets his first birdie of the day at No. 7 and follows with a par – then a second birdie at the turn – to rise to T-5 at 7 under.

Phil Mickelson bogeys the par-3 16th and par-4 17th to fall back to even par for his round and T-50 at 2 under.

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Update No. 19: 2:23 p.m.

Bubba Watson birdies again at No. 3 to tie Paul Casey for the lead at 11 under. Watson, who played collegiately at Georgia, is chasing his third win of the season.

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Update No. 18: 2:12 p.m.

Jordan Spieth is making a push today, birdieing four of five holes around the turn to get his round to 4 under and rise to T-5 at 7 under. Spieth, who played collegiately at Texas, is looking for his seventh top-10 finish of the season and second Tour win.

Rory McIlroy eagles No. 11 and follows with a par as he's 1 under for the day, T-30 at 4 under.

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Update No. 17: 2:05 p.m.

Bubba Watson cuts another stroke into leader Paul Casey's margin, as the reigning Masters champ birdies the second hole to rise to 10 under and pull within one.

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Update No. 16: 2:01 p.m.

Phil Mickelson birdies his second straight, this time at No. 15 after rolling an eagle attempt well past the hole but sinking the comebacker. He's 2 under for his round with three to play, T-31 at 4 under.

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Update No. 15: 1:52 p.m.

Bubba Watson gains a stroke on the lead right out of the gate as Paul Casey bogeys the first to slip to 11 under, two ahead. Chris Kirk and Charl Schwartzel are 8 under, the latter on the strength of a round that's 5 under through 12 holes.

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Update No. 14: 1:44 p.m.

It's not often that all four reigning major champions winners and the previous week's winners on the PGA Tour and European Tour tee it up at the same event. Let's see how that sixsome is faring as Masters champ Bubba Watson gets his round started in the day's final group alongside leader Paul Casey:

  • Bubba Watson: 2nd, 9 under
  • Adam Scott: T-19, 5 under (even through five holes)
  • Jason Dufner: T-29, 4 under (even through four)
  • Phil Mickelson: T-38, 3 under (1 under through 14)
  • Rory McIlroy: T-47 2 under (1 over through 10)
  • Justin Rose: MC (73-72)

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Update No. 13: 1:19 p.m.

Rory McIlroy gets his second birdie of the day at No. 8; he's 1 over for his round and T-45 at 2 over.

Phil Mickelson lets another birdie opportunity get away, just missing the hole and putting strong again at No. 12 as he remains even for his round, also T-45 at 2 under.

Earlier we mentioned Mickelson's impressive sand save at No. 10; here's a video that does it justice.

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Update No. 12: 12:57 p.m.

Kevin Stadler moves into the top 10 with a birdie at No. 15 that gets his round to 5 under and has him T-7 at 6 under with three to play today.

Farther back, Rory McIlroy's driver troubles continue – he's hit just half his fairways today as he's 2 over while playing the seventh. McIlroy has a birdie at No. 5 and bogeys at Nos. 2, 3 and 6.

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Update No. 11: 12:49 p.m.

Phil Mickelson misses another green and finds a hazard with his approach shot, this time hitting it into the greenside bunker at No. 10 – but a creative shot away from the pin that rolls back to the hole helps him notch a sand save and remain 2 under for the week.

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Update No. 10: 12:37 p.m.

Ben Martin wraps up the low round of the day so far with five closing pars for a 65, which bumps him up to T-4 at 7 under about an hour before leader Paul Casey tees off.

Luke Guthrie bogeys Nos. 16 and 18 for a 66 that lifts him to T-7 at 6 under.

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Update No. 9: 12:33 p.m.

We've seen days like this from Phil Mickelson before – hitting it well and putting it smoothly but not scoring, then a misstep. And Mickelson bogeys at No. 9 after missing the fairway and knocking his second shot into the water. That drops him back to even par today, T-47 at 2 under.

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Update No. 8: 12:19 p.m.

Bo Van Pelt wraps up a 66 with four straight pars, the round lifting him to T-8 as he heads in.

Five straight pars now for Phil Mickelson, who has seven in all against a birdie as he approaches the turn.

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Update No. 7: 12:07 p.m.

At the par-5 seventh hole, Phil Mickelson gets greenside in two but comes up well short on his chip. That leaves him with about a 12-footer for birdie, which starts off low and leaves him a tap-in for par to remain 3 under, nine back of leader Paul Casey and T-36.

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Update No. 6: 11:48 a.m.

Luke Guthrie birdies Nos. 14-15 to get his round to 8 under with three to play, rising to T-3 at 8 under and four back of leader Paul Casey.

Phil Mickelson pars the sixth hole to remain 3 under, which has him T-32.

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Update No. 5: 11:32 a.m.

Phil Mickelson is in good form so far: Although he misses the fairway at the par-5 fifth hole, he recovers and finds the green in three – inside 20 feet for another birdie look, though once more he rolls it just past. Another par; he's 1 under today, T-29 at 3 under.

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Update No. 4: 11:16 a.m.

At the par-3 fourth hole, Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot to about 10 feet or a little less, but just lips out on the low side and makes the comebacker to settle for par. Mickelson remains 3 under, nine back of leader Paul Casey and good for T-30.

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Update No. 3: 11:05 a.m.

Phil Mickelson nearly holes out from the third fairway, landing the ball just right and long of the pin and spinning it back to about a foot. The birdie boosts him to T-28 at 3 under, with 22 others on that mark as well.

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Update No. 2: 11:02 a.m.

Three players are "going low" already today and climbing into the top 10 as a result. Bo Van Pelt is 7 under through 12 holes, rising to T-4 at 7 under. Luke Guthrie and Ben Martin are 6 under through 12 holes, rising to T-7 at 6 under for the week.

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Update No. 1: 10:55 a.m.

Phil Mickelson opens with a textbook par, then gives himself a birdie look at the second hole. From about 20 feet, Mickelson runs his putt just a bit past and sinks the comebacker to remain even for the day. He remains T-48 at 2 under.

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Friday's coverage

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Thursday's coverage

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Preview coverage

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