Summerhays takes advantage of Dufner collapse at Memorial

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Summerhays takes advantage of Dufner collapse at Memorial
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04 June, 2017

Dufner was at 14-under 130, one shot better than the record previously held by Rickie Fowler (2010) and Scott Hoch (1987).

At least he's still in the game, and he has company. He leads 2013 Memorial champion Matt Kuchar, who is 10-under after shooting 67. Summerhays has finished in the top 100 in the FedExCup for each of the past five seasons, and a year ago finished T8 at the U.S. Open and third at the PGA Championship.

Despite his excellent first round, the 29-year-old Lingmerth remained cautious.

Despite shooting an underwhelming two-over on the front, Watson responded with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie sequence on hole Nos.

The former US PGA champion, seeking a fifth PGA Tour title, sits alongside Bubba Watson (68) and Justin Thomas (69).

World No.3 Jason Day has cursed sluggish starts at his hometown event but is desperate to find consistency in his final hit-out before the US Open.

"I did everything pretty well", said Dufner.

Dufner endured a nightmare with the putter and compounded his misery by driving into a water hazard at the last for a closing bogey and a five-over 77, only one shot shy of the day's worst score. I have been playing quite nicely recently, but just not quite putting it all together.

Everyone with a chance has Dufner to thank for it, because he single-handedly brought them back into contention with his early struggles that featured four bogeys on his first five holes. Dufner has made three bogies in a row after a par at one.

"Coming into the day I was one shot back and before I teed off I was eight back", he said. He already was eight shots back when he teed off later in the day, and all he managed was a 72.

Dufner credited his round to crisp iron play that "put me in positions to have some looks at birdies". "It will be over tomorrow".

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Entering the Memorial, Summerhays hadn't finished better than 40th in any of his last 11 starts. A train wreck can happen at any moment.

"I'd love to have two rounds in the 60s and feel like I've played solid golf going into Memphis and ultimately peak at Erin Hills".

English golfer Chris Wood moved into a one-stroke lead despite a bogey in his last hole in the third round of the Nordea Masters at Malmo, Sweden.

Call it whatever you want to call it, but Jordan Spieth called it.

But he has not yet missed a putt from inside 10 feet, a feat he credits to recent work with a putting training device that has helped his consistency. He shot 71 and was six shots behind.

Summerhays is still looking for his first one.

Italy's Renato Paratore (72) was second, and France's Benjamin Hebert (71) and Englishmen Graeme Storm (68) and Max Orrin (73) followed at 5 under. Neither has won on the tour.

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark, who eagled the par-five ninth, was two strokes behind after a 70.

Taking the week off, Jutanugarn replaced Lydia Ko atop the ranking when So Yeon Ryu missed the cut.

With Thai Ariya also skipping the event, South Korea's Ryu can pinch the top ranking if she wins in New Jersey, finishes in a two or three-way tie for second or comes outright third. Kim won the Reignwood LPGA Classic late past year in China for her fourth tour title. Phelan was joint second with American Julian Suri on ten-under, a shot behind leader Lee Craig of Scotland.

Ryu had four straight bogeys in a 74 that left her tied for 98th and in danger of missing the cut.


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