DUBLIN, Ohio Mathew Goggin kept birdies and mistakes to a minimum on a long Saturday at the Memorial, shooting a 1-under 71 that was good enough to build a three-shot lead as he tries to win his first PGA Tour event.
Muirfield Village changed its character, but only slightly, thanks to a 2 1/2-hour rain delay that led to long shadows late in the third round. What didn't change was the rough and difficult conditions, and Goggin didn't have to do much to keep his lead.
He was at 8-under 208, the highest 54-hole score at Jack Nicklaus' event since Greg Norman won a rain-shortened tournament in 1990 at even-par 216.
Former Masters champion Mike Weir matched the best round of the day, a bogey-free 68 that put him at 5-under 211 and in the final group with Goggin, who has never had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.
Matt Kuchar was among those going backward until holing out with a wedge for eagle on the 15th, following that with a birdie on the 16th and posting a 71 to join the large group in a tie for second.Also at 211 was Justin Rose (70), who captured the European Tour Order of Merit last year but has yet to win on this side of the Atlantic; Jerry Kelly, whose superb ball-striking was wasted by 34 putts in his round of 73; and Kenny Perry, whose spirits were lifted with an 18-foot birdie on the last hole for a 74.
GINN TRIBUTE: At Mount Pleasant, S.C., Sophie Gustafson shot a 67 Saturday to push past a faltering Karrie Webb and take a six-stroke lead into the final round of the Ginn Tribute golf tournament.
Tournament host Annika Sorenstam, meanwhile, continued to struggle with a 75.
No one could keep up with Gustafson in the third round.
Tied with Webb when the round began, Gustafson started quickly with an eagle and two birdies on her first six holes to go four up on the Australian Hall of Famer.Gustafson continued to grow her lead, bouncing back from a double bogey on the 12th her first bogey in 33 holes with two birdies down the stretch. Na-Yeon Choi shot a 68 to tie Webb (73) for second.
PRINCIPAL CLASSIC: At West Des Moines, Iowa, Nick Price shot a 5-under 66 Saturday and took a one-shot lead after the second round of the Principal Charity Classic.
Price will enter today's final round at Glen Oaks Country Club with a 6-under 136 total. Six players, including Bobby Wadkins and Mark McNulty, were one shot back.
Joey Sindelar and Tom Purtzer shot even-par 71s and were two shots back at 4-under. Defending champion Jay Haas, who last week won the Senior PGA Championship, shot a 3-under 68 and also was at 138.Eleven players were within two strokes of Price entering Sunday. Haas, however, was the only one currently in the top 10 on the Champions Tour money list.
WALES OPEN: At Newport, Wales, Scott Strange maintained a three-shot lead after the third round of the Wales Open on Saturday, despite feeling dizzy at one point on the back nine.
The 31-year-old Australian, who began the day with a four-stroke lead, shot a 2-under 69 to reach 15-under for the tournament. He led Spanish tour rookie Alvaro Velasco, who shot a third-round 68, on the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten course.
"Down 14 I felt flat, then walking up the hill on 15, I felt dizzy," said Strange, who added it never reached the point where he thought of quitting. "I had a banana, some water and some chocolate and felt better. But now I feel a bit queasy in my stomach."Three players shared third place Jeev Milka Singh of India (69), Robert Karlsson of Sweden (68) and Raphael Jacquelin of France (68) four strokes off the lead.
LADIES GERMAN OPEN: At Munich, Germany, Michelle Wie shot a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Ladies German Open on Saturday to fall seven strokes behind leader Amy Wang, who had a course-record 63.
Wie came into the day at 7-under, and birdied the third and seventh holes. The 18-year-old Hawaiian had a bogey on No. 9 before finishing up with a birdie on the 11th to sit at 9-under 207.Wang, an 18-year-old South Korean living in Orlando, Fla., was at 16-under after her lowest round as a pro.
CURTIS CUP: At St. Andrews, Scotland, former NCAA champion Stacy Lewis and Alison Walshe stayed perfect on the Old Course, hanging on to win the final fourball match Saturday to give the Americans a 7 1/2-4 1/2 lead in the Curtis Cup.
Lewis, who won the NCAA title at Arkansas last year, played all four team matches over two days and won them all, but the final one might have been the most important. Lewis and Walshe took the lead on the 16th hole and held on for a 1-up victory over Elizabeth Bennett and Florentyna Parker, giving the United States a big advantage going into the eight singles matches today.
The Americans, who have won the Curtis Cup five straight times, need only 2 1/2 points on Sunday to retain the cup.