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Youth continues charge at Memorial

Rickie Fowler, 21, shoots 66 to tie the 36-hole Memorial record with 13-under 131 and lead by three shots.

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Rickie Fowler, 21, shoots 66 to tie the 36-hole Memorial record with 13-under 131 and lead by three shots.

DUBLIN, Ohio — Rickie Fowler, the new kid in golf, gave himself a chance Friday to be the next kid to win on the PGA Tour.

Fowler, 21, ran off three straight birdies late in his round for 6-under 66 to tie the 36-hole record at the Memorial and take a three-shot lead over Justin Rose (69) into the weekend at soggy Muirfield Village.

Fowler, who turned pro last summer, was at 13-under 131. That tied the tournament record set by Scott Hoch in 1987.

"Just being in contention the few times I have over the last eight months, this is by far the best I've felt," said Fowler, who lost in a playoff last fall and finished one shot behind in the Phoenix Open in February. He is seeking to become the third player 22 or younger to win on the tour in the past month.

Defending champion Tiger Woods struggled at times but shot 3-under 69. At 3-under 141, he easily made the cut.

"I hit more good shots (Friday) than I did (Thursday) and really putted well," he said. "It could have been a pretty good number."

Phil Mickelson, who has another chance to become No. 1 with a victory, closed with two birdies in a wild round for 71 and 6-under 138.

"It's frustrating for me because I played very well and didn't shoot the number I thought I should," Mickelson said.

The round was stopped twice by storms and rain for a total of one hour. Because of more bad weather in the forecast, the players will go off this morning in threesomes from both tees.

Champions: Tommy Armour III matched the course record with 8-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead in the Principal Charity Classic at West Des Moines, Iowa. Dan Forsman and Russ Cochran opened with 66s, and Bernhard Langer and Nick Price topped a group at 67.

Monty 'sorry' in wake of affair report: European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said in a statement he was "very sorry for the hurt I have caused to the ones I love so much" after London's Daily Mail reported that he cheated on his wife, Gaynor, with former neighbor and girlfriend Joanne Baldwin. The paper said he had ended the relationship and was trying to save his 2-year-old marriage. Montgomerie did not address the report directly in the statement or to reporters after he finished the second round at the Wales Open in Newport, but he told reporters, "It's up to Gaynor and I to work things out, and that is continuing." Montgomerie said the report won't affect his captaincy for the October Ryder Cup. In the Wales Open, he shot 70 and was tied for 14th at 2-under 140.

Youth continues charge at Memorial 06/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 4, 2010 9:56pm]
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