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Goggin standing up to trying Memorial

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By DOUG FERGUSON
Associated Press

DUBLIN, Ohio – Mathew Goggin kept birdies and mistakes to a minimum on a long Saturday at the Memorial, shooting a 1-under 71 that was good enough to build a three-shot lead as he tries to win his first PGA Tour event.

Muirfield Village changed its character, but only slightly, thanks to a 2 1/2-hour rain delay that led to long shadows late in the third round. What didn’t change was the rough and difficult conditions, and Goggin didn’t have to do much to keep his lead.

He was at 8-under 208, the highest 54-hole score at Jack Nicklaus’ event since Greg Norman won a rain-shortened tournament in 1990 at even-par 216. The more significant number was his three-shot lead.

Goggin has said since opening with a 65 that a first- and second-round lead didn’t mean too much. And now?

“Expectations are rising,” he said. “Three shots in front, I expect to win.”

But he doesn’t expect it to be easy, not at a Muirfield Village course that resembles a U.S. Open from the 1990s, and not with five players stacked up behind him.

Former Masters champion Mike Weir matched the best round of the day, a bogey-free 68 that put him at 5-under 211 and in the final group with Goggin, who has never had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Matt Kuchar was among those going backward until holing out with a wedge for eagle on the 15th, following that with a birdie on the 16th and posting a 71 to join the large group in a tie for second.

Also at 211 was Justin Rose (70), who captured the European Tour Order of Merit last year but has yet to win on this side of the Atlantic; Jerry Kelly, whose superb ball-striking was wasted by 34 putts in his round of 73; and Kenny Perry, whose spirits were lifted with an 18-foot birdie on the last hole for a 74.

Perry, a two-time champion at the Memorial who has squandered two good chance to win this month, missed six putts inside 10 feet on the back nine as he slid further away from Goggin. But the birdie on No. 18 kept him in the game.

“The guys at 3 under are in this golf tournament,” Perry said. “If Mathew has an off day tomorrow, it brings the whole field in. It’s definitely his tournament to win. If he shoots 75, then the door’s wide open for everybody.”

No one knows what to expect from Goggin, whose last victory came 10 years ago in the Australasian Tour Championship.

The 33-year-old Australian was tied with Perry to start the third round, and as usual, he got out of the blocks quickly with a 35-foot birdie on the opening hole and a wedge that steadied itself in the wind and landed 5 feet away on No. 3.

Perry got within one shot before he started missing greens and missing par putts, and Goggin kept at least a two-shot margin throughout the back nine, even as cheers were all around him.

“You can’t press out here,” he said. “You’ve got to let the birdies come to you.”

His best plays might have been for par. Goggin got up-and-down from the back bunker on the par-3 12th, then faced a tough shot from a deep bunker right of the 17th green. His shot was running quickly until it struck the pin, rattled around to the other side and settled 2 feet away to keep his distance.

Weir, lost amid the Phil Mickelson-Sergio Garcia grouping the first two days, has steadily crept up the leaderboard and stayed out of trouble most of the day. He picked up a birdie on the par-5 fifth, and thought he was in trouble on the sixth when his tee shot caught a gust, leaving him 215 to a shallow green over the pond.

“I knifed a 3-iron in there about 8 feet,” Weir said. “That’s when I knew that things were going pretty good. I was hitting solid shots, and outside of that, I didn’t have much trouble.”

Weir didn’t read too much into Goggin’s inexperience with the lead.

Two years ago, he was tied with Arron Oberholser going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, caught a few bad breaks with mud early in the round and staggered home to a 78 as Oberholser collected his first tour victory.

“You know what? You have to win some time,” Weir said. “And sometimes a guy, when he hasn’t won, is hungry and wants to do it. Inexperience or not, Mat’s been around a long time and he’s a good player.”

Nick O’Hern (72) was at 4-under 212, while former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy was in the group at 213, five shots behind. That might seem like a lot, but it’s the margin K.J. Choi made up a year ago.

Mickelson, meanwhile, never recovered from a double bogey on the 17th hole and shot 70, leaving him nine shots back.

Scores with relation to par from the third round of the Memorial, played May 31 at thepar-72, 7,265-yard Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (Note:a-amateur):

1. Mathew Goggin 65-72-71–208

-8 2. Mike Weir 71-72-68–211

-5 2. Justin Rose 68-73-70–211

-5 2. Matt Kuchar 68-72-71–211

-5 2. Kenny Perry 66-71-74–211

-5 2. Jerry Kelly 66-72-73–211

-5 7. Nick O'Hern 70-70-72–212

-4 8. J.B. Holmes 74-69-70–213

-3 8. Geoff Ogilvy 69-71-73–213

-3 8. Luke Donald 68-71-74–213

-3 11. Vaughn Taylor 71-73-70–214

-2 12. Bill Haas 74-72-69–215

-1 12. Joe Ogilvie 69-75-71–215

-1 12. Steve Lowery 70-70-75–215

-1 15. Nick Watney 68-80-68–216

E 15. Stuart Appleby 72-76-68–216

E 15. Pat Perez 70-73-73–216

E 18. Phil Mickelson 72-75-70–217
+ 1 18. Dudley Hart 73-73-71–217
+ 1 18. Stewart Cink 71-77-69–217
+ 1 18. Robert Allenby 69-76-72–217
+ 1 18. Carl Pettersson 68-75-74–217
+ 1 18. Jason Bohn 72-71-74–217
+ 1 18. Rocco Mediate 70-73-74–217
+ 1 25. Tom Lehman 76-70-72–218
+ 2 25. Jim Furyk 71-74-73–218
+ 2 25. Rod Pampling 67-74-77–218
+ 2 28. Ryuji Imada 75-72-72–219
+ 3 28. Nathan Green 75-71-73–219
+ 3 28. Johnson Wagner 78-67-74–219
+ 3 28. Brett Quigley 67-78-74–219
+ 3 28. Ben Curtis 76-72-71–219
+ 3 28. John Mallinger 71-74-74–219
+ 3 28. Ryan Moore 73-71-75–219
+ 3 28. Sean O'Hair 75-75-69–219
+ 3 36. Bo Van Pelt 71-76-73–220
+ 4 36. Kevin Na 75-72-73–220
+ 4 36. Todd Hamilton 70-76-74–220
+ 4 36. Chris DiMarco 75-72-73–220
+ 4 36. Cliff Kresge 73-73-74–220
+ 4 36. Daniel Chopra 76-68-76–220
+ 4 36. Fred Couples 72-71-77–220
+ 4 43. Mark Wilson 73-74-74–221
+ 5 43. Arron Oberholser 77-71-73–221
+ 5 43. George McNeill 73-73-75–221
+ 5 43. Bart Bryant 76-74-71–221
+ 5 43. Jeff Quinney 71-79-71–221
+ 5 48. Tim Wilkinson 72-75-75–222
+ 6 48. John Senden 71-78-73–222
+ 6 48. Zach Johnson 71-79-72–222
+ 6 51. Woody Austin 71-76-76–223
+ 7 51. John Rollins 71-76-76–223
+ 7 51. Ian Poulter 75-72-76–223
+ 7 51. Ken Duke 71-77-75–223
+ 7 51. Jon Mills 73-76-74–223
+ 7 51. Trevor Immelman 72-78-73–223
+ 7 57. Richard Green 72-75-77–224
+ 8 57. Tim Petrovic 73-75-76–224
+ 8 57. Charley Hoffman 74-74-76–224
+ 8 57. Sergio Garcia 72-77-75–224
+ 8 57. K.J. Choi 76-74-74–224
+ 8 62. Davis Love III 74-74-77–225
+ 9 62. Dustin Johnson 75-73-77–225
+ 9 62. Lee Janzen 74-76-75–225
+ 9 62. Aaron Baddeley 74-76-75–225
+ 9 62. Travis Perkins 76-74-75–225
+ 9 67. Paul Casey 76-71-79–226
+ 10 67. Shaun Micheel 71-77-78–226
+ 10 67. Parker McLachlin 73-77-76–226
+ 10 67. Chez Reavie 73-77-76–226
+ 10 67. Jin Park 75-75-76–226
+ 10 72. D.J. Trahan 73-76-78–227
+ 11 73. Tom Pernice, Jr. 71-75-82–228
+ 12 74. Brett Wetterich 76-73-81–230
+ 14 75. Dean Wilson 78-72-83–233
+ 17 75. Anton Haig 71-79-83–233
+ 17 • • •

Missed the cut

77. Lucas Glover 74-77–151
+ 7 77. Brandt Snedeker 76-75–151
+ 7 77. Fredrik Jacobson 79-72–151
+ 7 77. Jeff Overton 73-78–151
+ 7 77. Brian Davis 70-81–151
+ 7 77. Ernie Els 73-78–151
+ 7 83. Jason Gore 76-76–152
+ 8 83. Jonathan Byrd 76-76–152
+ 8 83. Cameron Beckman 76-76–152
+ 8 83. Greg Kraft 71-81–152
+ 8 83. Hunter Mahan 76-76–152
+ 8 83. Steve Marino 76-76–152
+ 8 89. J.J. Henry 76-77–153
+ 9 89. Y.E. Yang 77-76–153
+ 9 89. Boo Weekley 76-77–153
+ 9 92. Frank Lickliter II 77-77–154
+ 10 92. Charles Howell III 74-80–154
+ 10 92. Mark Brooks 80-74–154
+ 10 95. Jason Day 73-82–155
+ 11 96. Robert Garrigus 80-76–156
+ 12 96. Bubba Watson 72-84–156
+ 12 96. Billy Mayfair 77-79–156
+ 12 96. Mark Calcavecchia 72-84–156
+ 12 96. Matt Jones 77-79–156
+ 12 101. Troy Matteson 76-81–157
+ 13 101. Steve Flesch 76-81–157
+ 13 101. John Merrick 80-77–157
+ 13 101. Billy Andrade 72-85–157
+ 13 101. Chad Campbell 76-81–157
+ 13 106. Paul Azinger 80-78–158
+ 14 106. Mark Hensby 74-84–158
+ 14 106. Nicholas Thompson 75-83–158
+ 14 106. David Duval 80-78–158
+ 14 110. a-Drew Weaver 79-80–159
+ 15 111. Graeme Storm 79-81–160
+ 16 111. Charles Warren 84-76–160
+ 16 111. Bob Sowards 78-82–160
+ 16 114. James Kingston 76-85–161
+ 17 114. Marco Dawson 81-80–161
+ 17 116. James Driscoll 80-83–163
+ 19 117. Justin Bolli 79-85–164
+ 20 118. Larry Mize 77-88–165
+ 21 WD. Brian Bateman

WD. Briny Baird

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