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|GOLF ROUNDUP: Pettersson clings to Memorial lead
June 4, 2006
FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES
After waiting to see if his second round lead would hold up, Carl Pettersson tees Saturday at The Memorial. (JAY LAPRETE/Associated Press)
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Carl Pettersson never paid attention to the cheers ahead of him Saturday in the Memorial.
They were for Masters champion Phil Mickelson, holing a 50-foot eagle putt and hitting a flop shot out of ankle-deep rough that traveled about 10 feet, then rolled 15 feet into the cup for birdie. Woody Austin put on quite a show himself, nearly making a double eagle on the par-5 15th as he shot up the leader board.
Zach Johnson made four straight birdies and also was on his heels.
Pettersson plodded along with pars and with birdies on the par 5s to reach 11 under through 15 holes. He didn't care about the leader board -- after all, it was only Saturday. About the only thing the Swede noticed were gathering storm cloud as sunshine gave way to gloaming over Muirfield Village, and the third round was suspended.
One day later, not much changed. Pettersson was in the lead, by one shot over Austin and Johnson. The round wasn't finished. And players trudged off the course knowing they had to return at the crack of dawn.
"I had just finished 15 and I looked up and I saw it coming," Pettersson said. "I don't know where it came from."
The day started at 6:30 a.m. when two players who were disqualified Friday evening for leaving the course early -- Ryan Moore and Justin Rose -- were allowed back into the tournament when officials agreed they were given bad information. A walking scorer told them the second round had been suspended when it had not.
The hole location on the sixth green had to be changed in the middle of the second round when feces was discovered in the cup.
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