The Memorial Tournament round 3

Matt Bettencourt and Mark Wilson are tied at the top spot after round 3, at 9 under par 207. Bettencourt shot a 4 under par 68, with 8 birdies on his card but he also had 4 bogeys. I’m absolutely not being facetious either, those greens are tough, players are literally running the ball off the green being a yard short. Seriously a yard to chip onto the green and the ball rolls right off the putting surface. Wilson shot a 3 under par 69. Two players are T3 yesterday’s co-leaders Jonathon Byrd and Jim Furyk both shot 1 under par 71 today and are 1 stroke back at 208. In the T5 spot are Geoff Ogilivy and Davis Love III, 2 strokes back at 209. Ogilivy shot up the leader board from T57 to T5 shooting a 9 under par 63. He spent a considerable amount of time on the range after his round yesterday after shooting a 2 over par 74. Lee Trevino is fond of saying that ones performance is measured “in the dirt”, meaning practice, it certainly paid off for Geoff today. Love III shot a 3 under par 69. Rounding out the top ten 4 strokes behind the leaders are Tiger Woods, Michael Letzig, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els all officially scored as T7.

For the stat lovers: in Scoring Average Matt Bettencourt is at 69 with the field average at 73.41; Driving Distance is led by Dustin Johnson at 319.3, while the field is averaging 284.3; Driving Accuracy Jim Furyk at 88.1%, the field at 72.32%; Greens in Regulation it is Ernie Els at 77.78%, while the field is at 59.43%; Scrambling Jonathon Byrd at 84.62%, the field average is 51.29%; and Putts per round Mark Wilson at 25 with the field average at 28.93. The toughest hole today was 18 and the easiest was 7.

For those who don’t know Matt Bettencourt he was last year’s champion and money leader on the Nationwide tour, that is how he earned his way onto the PGA tour. He is an example of the everyman story, didn’t achieve a lot in junior golf or high school, never got a scholarship to play golf in college, he was selling windows and doors 10 years ago and just worked on his game. He entered and won a bunch of amateur tournaments and a championship, turned pro and grinded it out in the minors and now in his 17th PGA tour appearance is co-leader of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place. There is a guy who believed in himself, worked hard and now has the opportunity to earn the biggest paycheck of his career. Kudos and good luck tomorrow, Matt. Don’t let Faldo get to you that was a hell of a shot from a precarious lie. I seriously doubt he could have done it any better.

Sources: PGA Tour.com, The Golf Channel and CBS Sports
Opinions are mine

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  1. Fascinating leader board. Going to be an interesting Sunday.

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