Golf: Bubba Watson leads Memorial
Golf • Masters Champ takes one-shot lead over Langley.
Published: June 1, 2014 12:07PM
Updated: May 31, 2014 10:09PM
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Bubba Watson hits from the first fairway during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Dublin, Ohio • Bubba Watson has been coming to Muirfield Village ever since his rookie year on the PGA Tour. Nine years later, he might have finally figured it out.

He had only five rounds in the 60s in his previous eight trips. Even with a bogey on his final hole Saturday, he had a 3-under 69 for his third straight round in the 60s this week. Watson is 11 under on the par 5s, the key to scoring.

Best of all, he walked off the course with a one-shot lead over Scott Langley in the Memorial. Not bad for a guy who has never finished better than a tie for 23rd.

“It’s all about maturity,” Watson said. “Thinking around the golf course a lot better — it’s my ninth year on tour, so better thinking on the golf course is creating better shots. Hitting a lot more greens. Hitting a lot more fairways. Putting a little better this year. When you add all that up, it turns into better scores.

Watson was at 12-under 204 and in position for his third win of the year.

“I have a shot,” Watson said. “I’d like the same score tomorrow and let the boys beat me if they can beat me.”

LPGA Tour

Galloway Township, N.J. • Stacy Lewis moved into position to take the top spot in the world, shooting a bogey-free 8-under 63 to match the 36-hole record in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The second-ranked Lewis had a 12-under 130 total on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

A victory Sunday would guarantee Lewis the No. 1 ranking, which Inbee Park has held for 59 straight weeks after taking it from Lewis. Park, playing in the windier afternoon session, had a 70 to fall six strokes back.

Champions Tour

Des Moines, Iowa • Doug Garwood shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic.

Garwood had an 11-under 133 total at Wakonda Club.

Michael Allen, the Allianz Championship winner in February, was second after a 66. Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Pernice Jr. were 9 under.

Golf results

PGA-Memorial Par

Yardage • 7,392; Par • 72 (36-36)

Third Round leaders

Bubba Watson 66-69-69—204 -12

Scott Langley 72-66-67—205 -11

H. Matsuyama 70-67-69—206 -10

Adam Scott 69-70-68—207 -9

Charl Schwartzel 72-69-67—208 -8

Jordan Spieth 69-72-67—208 -8

Billy Horschel 71-69-68—208 -8

Robert Streb 72-67-69—208 -8

Brendon Todd 71-68-69—208 -8

Paul Casey 66-66-76—208 -8

Ben Martin 72-72-65—209 -7

Andrew Svoboda 72-69-68—209 -7

Ben Curtis 69-71-69—209 -7

Bo Van Pelt 72-72-66—210 -6

Luke Guthrie 75-69-66—210 -6

Rory McIlroy 63-78-69—210 -6

Scott Brown 70-69-71—210 -6

Ryan Moore 68-70-72—210 -6

Chris Kirk 66-70-74—210 -6

Kevin Stadler 72-71-68—211 -5

Justin Leonard 68-75-68—211 -5

Ernie Els 70-72-69—211 -5

B. de Jonge 73-69-69—211 -5

Steve Stricker 71-70-70—211 -5

Jason Day 72-69-70—211 -5

Also Daniel Summerhays 74-70-68—212 -4

PGA Champions-Principal Charity Classic

Yardage • 6,177; Par • 71 (36-36)

Second round-leaders

Doug Garwood 68-65—133 -11

Michael Allen 68-66—134 -10

Tom Pernice Jr. 68-67—135 -9

Mark Calcavecchia 66-69—135 -9

Chien Soon Lu 71-65—136 -8

Joe Durant 69-67—136 -8

John Riegger 68-68—136 -8

Wes Short, Jr. 66-70—136 -8

Tom Lehman 69-68—137 -7

Steve Lowery 67-70—137 -7

LPGA-Shoprite Classic

Yardage • 6,177; Par • 71 (37-34)

First-round leaders

Stacy Lewis 67-63—130 -12

Christina Kim 64-67—131 -11

Jennifer Johnson 62-70—132 -10

Anna Nordqvist 69-65—134 -8

Gerina Piller 67-67—134 -8

Haeji Kang 68-67—135 -7

Inbee Park 66-70—136 -6

Haru Nomura 63-73—136 -6

Julieta Granada 71-66 — 137 -5

Dori Carter 69-68 — 137 -5