The course at Muirfield Village Golf Club was as tough as ever during the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday. For the third straight day, the average score was above 73, and many players who were on a roll always seemed to drop back suddenly with one or more bad holes. At the end of a wild shift in the tournament leaderboard, Jon Rahm found himself at -12 after a 68, four shots ahead of anyone else in the field. Tony Finau and Ryan Palmer were both tied for second at -8.
Finau had a big lead on the competition for part of the afternoon. An eagle at the par 5 11th hole could have temporarily put him five shots ahead of the field (he missed his eagle putt and birdied the hole). After that, Finau's round fell apart. He promptly double bogeyed the 12th hole, and he only made one more birdie on the day. He would also finish with a bogey on 14 and another double bogey on the par 4 17th.
Many players took themselves essentially out of contention on Saturday, most notably Patrick Cantlay. After three birdies on the front nine, Cantlay seemed to be in position to make a charge. As his round came to a close, he started to fall apart with a double bogey on 14. He then continued to play poorly, bogeying three of the last four holes, and he ended up shooting +4 on the back nine to end the day with a 73. That 73 put Cantlay at -3 for the week, nine shots back of the leader (Rahm). For play-by-play coverage of the tournament, including live analysis of Patrick Cantlay's back nine collapse, make sure to check out my live stream using the link below.
Tiger Woods, after being plagued by back issues during a second round 76, seemed to feel better during the third round of the tournament. Woods was +3 through Friday, and after making the cut right on the cut line, he shot a 71 on Saturday to move to +2. Surprisingly enough, the tough course made +2 good enough to tie for 37th on the leaderboard, but Woods, being 14 shots back of Jon Rahm, is far outside of contention heading into Round 4. The good news is, while it may seem like Rahm will win in a runaway, the course at Muirfield Village has changed many player outlooks in seconds, and if it continues to play like it has throughout the week, there should be a very exciting and dramatic finish on Sunday.