DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — 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."
Plenty of them should have a chance. With a bogey on the final hole, Watson's lead shrunk to one shot over Langley, who had a 67 to make it an all-southpaw final pairing Sunday. Langley has not been in the final group since his rookie debut two years ago in Honolulu.
The most famous Lefty, Phil Mickelson, had a 72 and was 10 shots out of the lead while coping with reports he is involved in a federal investigation of insider trading. Mickelson confirmed that FBI agents approached him after the first round this week. Otherwise, he went about his business on the golf course.
"It's not going to change the way I carry myself," Mickelson said. "Honestly, I've done nothing wrong. I'm not going to walk around any other way."
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan made birdie on his last hole for a 69 and was two shots behind. Adam Scott, the No. 1 player in the world and coming off a win at the Colonial last week, made eagle on the 15th that sparked another surge up the leaderboard. With a bogey on the last hole, he had a 68 and still was only three shots behind.
"It's going to be tough," Scott said about his three-shot deficit to the Masters champion. "He's playing great this year, and I just have to post a number. I'm in a good position where I can possibly post a number, and that makes life a little harder for the leader."
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