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Ogilvy stays focused on positives after 65

Geoff Ogilvy, who is in a three-way tie for the lead at the Memorial, follows his tee shot on the ninth hole.

Associated Press

Geoff Ogilvy, who is in a three-way tie for the lead at the Memorial, follows his tee shot on the ninth hole.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Geoff Ogilvy felt as though he made more putts in one round at the Memorial than he had in the past month. One little miss that cost him the outright lead Thursday sure wasn't going to spoil his day.

On greens that were fast and pure despite two rain delays at Muirfield Village, Ogilvy rolled in eight birdie putts to take the lead, only to fall into a three-way tie when he stepped over a 30-inch par putt and watched it spin out of the cup on his 17th hole.

No matter. He still shot 7-under 65, his best start of the year, and shared the lead with Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose, who made most of his birdies after the two-hour rain delay in the morning.

"I putted very well," Ogilvy said with a wry smile before adding, "except for one little blip."

They were two shots ahead of a large group that included Phil Mickelson, who can go to No. 1 in the world with a victory on the course Jack Nicklaus built, as long as Tiger Woods isn't among the top four.

Woods, the defending champion, will be playing again today with the cut in question.

He looked ordinary through most of the afternoon, failing to make birdie on any of the par 5s in a round of 72. Beyond a few errant tee shots, he was off by some 30 and 40 feet with wedges on several holes.

"They're perfect sand wedge numbers, but I can't hit a sand wedge because it's going to rip (spin)," Woods said. "I had to hit little wedges and I don't have the feel for it yet. I hit terrible shots. That's just the way it goes."

It was the first time since 2004 that he failed to break par at the Memorial, which he has won four times.

Mickelson played bogey-free for his 67, a refreshing change from last week when he missed the cut at the Colonial. He made up ground toward the end of his round with two simple birdies on the par 5s at No. 5 and No. 7, sandwiched around a 10-foot birdie on the sixth.

Rose began pouring in birdies not long after a downpour that soaked the course. He birdied six of his last 10 holes.

Fowler, 21, completed a blazing stretch on the front nine. After bogey on the third, he ran off three birdies, then holed a wedge for eagle on the par-5 seventh and birdied the eighth.

European: Chris Wood led the Wales Open after shooting a record-tying 6-under 65 at Celtic Manor in Newport. Wood, 22, had six birdies to equal the lowest score on the Celtic Manor course, which will host the Ryder Cup at the start of October.

Ogilvy stays focused on positives after 65 06/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:21pm]

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