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Posted on: Sunday, June 6, 2010

Fowler opens 3-shot lead in Memorial



Associated Press

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Rickie Fowler

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DUBLIN, Ohio Rickie Fowler knew rain-softened Muirfield Village was giving up birdies, even if there was none on his card as he approached the turn yesterday with his lead dwindling.

Fowler pounced with a shot that showed his age 21 isn't the only thing that sets him apart.

From a distance in the ninth fairway that typically called for a pitching wedge 125 yards, slightly downhill to a front pin just beyond the water Fowler opted for a punch 9-iron that would keep the ball from spinning too much and possibly going into the water.

"I wasn't going to throw a pitching wedge and have the ball spinning very much," Fowler said. "It was like a cut-off 9, start the ball left, try to hit it down and had a little cut in there."

It stopped 6 feet behind the hole for his first birdie, and he was on his way.

Unfazed by six hours of rain delays or the 62 that Ricky Barnes shot playing with Tiger Woods, no less Fowler completed another round without a bogey and shot 3-under 69 to build a three-shot lead over Barnes and Tim Petrovic.

Fowler was at 16-under 200 and had the largest 54-hole lead at Memorial since Woods led by six in 2000.

ELSEWHERE

Champions Tour: Nick Price topped the second-round leaderboard again in the Principal Charity Classic, shooting a 6-under 65 to match Tommy Armour III at 10-under 132 in the Champions Tour event at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Price lost the two years he held at least a share of the second-round lead in this event. Armour followed his opening 63 with a 69.

Wales Open: Germany's Marcel Siem shot a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Wales Open at Newport, Wales, while Scotland's Stephen Gallacher broke the course record with a 63.

Siem had an 11-under 202 total on Celtic Manor's Twenty Ten Course.

NCAA men: An ill Taylor Floyd birdied the 18th hole of The Honors Course at Chattanooga, Tenn., to win his match while Henrik Norlander eagled the 17th to take another and send sixth-seeded Augusta State past second-seeded Florida State, 4-1, and into its first NCAA tournament finals.

The Jaguars will play top-ranked Oklahoma State, which defeated No. 5 Oregon, 3-1-1.

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