The Memorial Tournament: Steve Stricker Holds Off Matt Kuchar, Brandt Jobe

The 2011 Memorial Tournament ended with Steve Stricker taking the victory.

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The Memorial Tournament, Round 3 Leaderboard: Steve Stricker Eagles Twice To Preserve Lead

On Saturday, Steve Stricker hit a pair of eagles, and he needed them both to hold off his increasingly stiff competition. Entering the final round of the Memorial Tournament, Stricker holds a three-stroke advantage on the leaderboard.

Stricker opened his third round by shooting 5-under on the front nine, including those two eagles. He shot a decidedly unspectacular 2-over on the back nine, but it was good enough to carry his lead into Sunday. Stricker, age 44, is looking to win the 10th PGA Tour event of his career.

His competition is within striking distance, however. Jonathan Byrd stands three strokes off the pace after a 3-under Saturday. After hitting seven birdies in a nine-hole span, Matt Kuchar is tied for third. Mark Wilson has ascended to a tie for fifth after a 6-under day which included an eagle.

Here is how the Memorial Tournament leaderboard looks entering Round 4:

1. Steve Stricker (-12)
2. Jonathan Byrd (-9)
T3. Matt Kuchar (-8)
T3. Brandt Jobe
T5. Mark Wilson (-7)
T5. Shaun Micheel
T5. Rory McIlroy
8. Six tied (-6)

For more on the 2011 Memorial tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream. And for all things PGA Tour, visit SB Nation's golf hub and our golf blog, Waggle Room.

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VIDEO: Steve Stricker Shoots Hole In One At The Memorial Tournament

Steve Stricker finds himself on top of the Memorial Tournament leaderboard on Friday night. The PGA Tour veteran caught fire on his final nine holes, and even managed to shoot what every golf enthusiast loves to see: a hole in one. Here's video of Stricker's ace:

The greatest part about this? Stricker's body language. He certainly didn't look like he expected the ball to break toward the flag. That's exactly what it did, plopping on the green a few feet from the hole. The ball made just the right amount of movement to stop bouncing and roll straight in.

Stricker, who began play on the back nine, started his final nine holes of play with a 1-over score. Thanks in part to his ace, he scored a 6-under within his last nine holes alone. Stricker now sits at 9-under for the tournament, good for a three-stroke lead.

For more on the 2011 Memorial tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream. the world of golf, visit SB Nation's golf hub and our golf blog, Waggle Room.

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