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Scottie Scheffler leads by four after third round of 2024 Memorial

2024 Memorial Tournament

Scottie Scheffler tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 1-ranked player in the world looked like he was going to run away and hide early Saturday afternoon after birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. After trading a bogey for a birdie on Nos. 5 and 6, Scheffler walked to the ninth tee box 2 under for the day and 11 under total.

His tee shot on the front-nine closer went out of bounds, and his second off the box found the rough. After a pitch out into the fairway, Scheffler hit it to 13 feet and two putted for a messy triple-bogey seven to fall back to 8 under total and 1 over for the round.

All of a sudden we had a golf tournament.

And then we didn’t.

Scheffler let the disaster at nine quickly slide off his back, birdieing Nos. 10 and 12 around the turn to jump back to 10 under total and regain a two-shot lead over Adam Hadwin.

After a couple pars, Scheffler took care of the par-5 15th to reach 11 under and a four-shot lead — Hadwin made double at the par-4 14th before a birdie at 15.

Scheffler dropped a shot on 18 thanks to a three-putt and settled for a 1-under 71.

“I felt like I played pretty good, outside of one poor swing on No. 9 that got a horrible break, after that, it was a shot that, on any other hole, it would be in the left rough, and there it hit a tree and went out of bounds,” he said. “So a really tough break there, but did a good job resetting and bouncing back, had the nice birdie on 10 and 12 and did a good job kind of staying in the round today.”


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