Rod Pampling finished the storm-delayed third round of the Memorial with a flourish yesterday in Dublin, Ohio, holing a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 14 to take the lead and hitting a terrific fairway bunker shot that led to a birdie on 18 that capped a 4-under-par 68, giving him a three-shot lead.
Pampling joined the leaders with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 11th and went one shot ahead on his slick, bending 40-foot birdie on 14.
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. The birdie put him at 15-under 201.
Adam Scott stayed one shot behind from the 14th with three consecutive up-and-downs, one 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 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.
The third round was delayed 2 1/2 hours when lightning-filled storms moved into the area.
Tiger Woods birdied only one of the par 5s in his round of 70 that left him 10 shots back.
LPGA -- Lorena Ochoa shot a 2-under 70 to maintain her three-shot lead at the Ginn Tribute in Mount Pleasant, S.C., though three bogeys over the final six holes in drenching rain cost her a much larger advantage heading into the final round.
Ochoa finished at 11-under 205, three shots ahead of Nicole Castrale (68). Cristie Kerr (67) and rookie Angela Park (71) were four strokes behind.
Champions -- Jay Haas's 6-under 65 was good for a one-stroke lead over Tom Purtzer (68) after the second day of the
Nationwide -- John Riegger, Tag Ridings, and Jason Day each shot 4-under 68 to tie for the third-round lead at 13-under 203, while Brookline's James Driscoll dropped three shots back at the LaSalle Bank Open in Glenview, Ill., with a 71.
European -- Bradley Dredge and Tour rookie Martin Kaymer each shot 4-under 65 in Newport to share the Wales Open third-round lead at 10-under 197.
NCAA men's championships -- At Williamsburg, Va., Stanford shot a 1-over 281 to win by 12 shots, while Southern Cal freshman Jamie Lovemark shot his second consecutive 64 to win the individual title at 9-under 271.