The Memorial Tournament 2014: Bubba Watson moves to the top of the leaderboard

Sam Greenwood

Bubba Watson is on top heading into the final round of the Memorial Tournament, but he doesn't lead by much.

The front nine at Muirfield Village has been very kind to Bubba Watson this week, and that trend continued on Saturday. He carded five early birdies on his round, on the way to a 3-under round of 69. Watson moved to 12-under overall, one stroke ahead of the field.

It's been a tale of two nines for Watson this week. He made the turn in 32 on Saturday, the second time he's shot a 32 on the opening nine. Watson has struggled some on the closing nine holes, playing the back nine at just 1-under for the week. Yet he'll enter the final round double-digits in the red thanks to a dominating performance on the front nine, which he's played at 11-under through the first three rounds. His five front-nine birdies give him 13 birdies on the front this week, to go along with just two bogeys.

Watson nearly had a bigger lead through 54-holes, but had some issues finishing off the round, carding a bogey at No. 18. He nearly dropped an extra shot on the final hole due to a penalty, when it appeared his club touched the ball, causing it to move.

Officials reviewed the chip and determined there was no violation, according to Rex Hoggard of Golf Channel.

Several players are within striking distance heading into the final round, including No. 1 player in the world, Adam Scott. Scott carded a 4-under 68 on Saturday and is three strokes off the lead at 9-under. Jordan Spieth at 8-under is also in contention. Rory McIlroy rebounded from his 78 on Friday to shoot a 69 on Saturday. He is 6-under for the tournament, tied for 14th place.

Here is a complete look at the leaderboard through 54 holes:

Place

Player

Score

1st Round

2nd Round

3rd Round

1

Bubba Watson

-12

66

69

69

2

Scott Langley

-11

72

66

67

3

Hideki Matsuyama

-10

70

67

69

4

Adam Scott

-9

69

70

68

T5

Charl Schwartzel

-8

72

69

67

T5

Jordan Spieth

-8

69

72

67

T5

Billy Horschel

-8

71

69

68

T5

Robert Streb

-8

72

67

69

T5

Brendon Todd

-8

71

68

69

T5

Paul Casey

-8

66

66

76

T11

Ben Martin

-7

72

72

65

T11

Andrew Svoboda

-7

72

69

68

T11

Ben Curtis

-7

69

71

69

T14

Bo Van Pelt

-6

72

72

66

T14

Luke Guthrie

-6

75

69

66

T14

Rory McIlroy

-6

63

78

69

T14

Scott Brown

-6

70

69

71

T14

Ryan Moore

-6

68

70

72

T14

Chris Kirk

-6

66

70

74

T20

Kevin Stadler

-5

72

71

68

T20

Justin Leonard

-5

68

75

68

T20

Ernie Els

-5

70

72

69

T20

Brendon de Jonge

-5

73

69

69

T20

Steve Stricker

-5

71

70

70

T20

Jason Day

-5

72

69

70

T20

Kevin Na

-5

72

69

70

T20

Jason Dufner

-5

71

69

71

T20

Justin Hicks

-5

73

67

71

T20

Camilo Villegas

-5

71

68

72

T20

Hunter Mahan

-5

68

70

73

T31

Daniel Summerhays

-4

74

70

68

T31

Matt Kuchar

-4

74

69

69

T31

Keegan Bradley

-4

67

75

70

T31

Robert Garrigus

-4

72

70

70

T31

Bill Haas

-4

73

67

72

T31

Marc Leishman

-4

71

68

73

T31

Thorbjorn Olesen

-4

71

67

74

T31

Martin Flores

-4

69

68

75

T39

David Hearn

-3

71

73

69

T39

Cameron Tringale

-3

73

70

70

T39

Aaron Baddeley

-3

69

74

70

T39

Freddie Jacobson

-3

71

71

71

T39

Justin Thomas

-3

73

68

72

T39

Jim Furyk

-3

73

68

72

T39

Dustin Johnson

-3

73

68

72

T39

Luke Donald

-3

71

69

73

T47

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

-2

73

71

70

T47

David Lingmerth

-2

72

72

70

T47

Ryo Ishikawa

-2

72

71

71

T47

Phil Mickelson

-2

72

70

72

T47

Charley Hoffman

-2

69

72

73

T47

Nick Watney

-2

69

71

74

T47

Gary Woodland

-2

71

68

75

T54

Charles Howell III

-1

69

75

71

T54

Michael Thompson

-1

67

76

72

T56

K.J. Choi

E

73

71

72

T56

Stewart Cink

E

71

73

72

T56

Jason Allred

E

74

68

74

T56

Chris Stroud

E

74

68

74

T60

Michael Putnam

1

71

73

73

T60

Carl Pettersson

1

72

72

73

T60

Mark Wilson

1

69

74

74

T60

Billy Hurley III

1

73

70

74

T60

Kevin Kisner

1

69

72

76

T65

John Huh

2

73

70

75

T65

Greg Chalmers

2

71

72

75

T65

Hyung-Sung Kim

2

70

72

76

T65

Pat Perez

2

71

70

77

T69

Carlos Ortiz

3

75

68

76

T69

Josh Teater

3

71

72

76

T69

Lucas Glover

3

70

73

76

T72

Richard Lee

4

76

68

76

T72

Scott Stallings

4

72

71

77

T74

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

6

73

70

79

T74

Kyle Stanley

6

74

68

80

76

J.B. Holmes

7

67

75

81

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