Rose Smelling Sweet at Memorial

Justin Rose lowered his score by a stroke for the third straight day, and in doing so opened up a 3-stroke lead over the competition at The Memorial Saturday.

Rose fired off seven birdies on the round, notching just one bogey on the round, finishing the day with a 6-under 66.

He leads by two strokes over Italy’s Francesco Molinari and Sweden’s David Lingmerth, the Day 2 leader. Lingmerth slid back with an even-par 72, while Molinari shot a 69.

Rose’s first-ever PGA win came at The Memorial in 2010. He’s looking for his second win on tour in the past two months, having won at New Orleans in late April.

Six other players are at least 10 strokes under par, and thus within five strokes of the lead entering the final day. Among them, Jim Furyk, at 11-under after a 2-under 70, and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, who is at 10-under following his second consecutive 71.

Jason Dufner, who was a stroke off the lead after Friday, shot a 2-over 74 to fall into a tie for ninth.


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