Dublin, Ohio:Rod Pampling finished the storm-delayed third round with a flourish on Saturday, holing a 40-foot birdie putt to take the lead and hitting a terrific fairway bunker shot that capped off a 4-under 68, giving him a three-shot lead at the Memorial.
Pampling was just another name on the leaderboard on a gloomy afternoon at Muirfield Village. As daylight began to fade, the Australian began to take charge.
He joined the leaders with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 11th, just as tournament host Jack Nicklaus and his grandson pulled up in a cart to watch. Pampling went one shot ahead on his slick, bending 40-foot birdie on the 14th.
But he saved his most impressive work for the final hole. From 153 yards away in a bunker, his shot just reached the green and checked up 3 feet from the hole, putting him at 15-under 201.
Scott a shot behind
Adam Scott stayed one shot behind from the 14th with three consecutive up-and-downs, one of them for birdie on the par-5 15th, but he ran out of luck on the 18th when his tee shot strayed into a thick clump of grass in front of a slope, and he missed an 8-foot par putt. That gave him an even-par 72, and left him at 204 along with Sean O'Hair.
O'Hair stayed in the game with an eagle on the seventh, then ran off three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine for a 69.
Will MacKenzie and Stewart Cink each shot 65, the low rounds of the day, and were at 205 with Aaron Baddeley (71).
Bubba Watson also was tied for the lead, but that was before a triple bogey on the 15th hole.
Tiger Woods sputtered again, making birdie on only one of the par 5s in his round of 70 that left him 10 shots behind.