Rose moves into contention in Ohio

 

Justin Rose shot a third-round 70 to move within three shots of the lead at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

The Englishman was in a five-way tie for second on five under at the demanding Muirfield Village Golf Club after carding three birdies and an eagle.

It marked a good recovery after a second-round 70, but there was still work to do to catch leader Matthew Goggin.

The Australian, who started the day tied for the lead with Kenny Perry, carded a one-under-par 71 to end the day on eight-under 208.

Perry was back level with Rose, Mike Weir, Matt Kuchar and Jerry Kelly on 211.

Goggin built a three-shot lead with two birdies in the first three holes, before the threat of lightning stopped play for two hours, 25 minutes.

The delay seemed to hurt his momentum, as he made just one birdie in the remainder of the round - but not that they were easy to come by on a course with thick rough and slick greens.

But he kept his mistakes to a minimum, making only two bogeys, to end the day in a great position to win the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event.

Collated third-round scores (USA unless stated, par 72):

208 Mathew Goggin (Aus) 65 72 71

211 Jerry Kelly 66 72 73, Kenny Perry 66 71 74, Justin Rose (Eng) 68 73 70, Mike Weir (Can) 71 72 68, Matt Kuchar 68 72 71

212 Nick O'Hern (Aus) 70 70 72

213 J.B. Holmes 74 69 70, Luke Donald (Eng) 68 71 74, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 71 73

214 Vaughn Taylor 71 73 70

215 Bill Haas 74 72 69, Joe Ogilvie 69 75 71, Steve Lowery 70 70 75

216 Nick Watney 68 80 68, Pat Perez 70 73 73, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 72 76 68

217 Phil Mickelson 72 75 70, Dudley Hart 73 73 71, Robert Allenby (Aus) 69 76 72, Stewart Cink 71 77 69, Rocco Mediate 70 73 74, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 68 75 74, Jason Bohn 72 71 74

218 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 67 74 77, Jim Furyk 71 74 73, Tom Lehman 76 70 72

219 Ben Curtis 76 72 71, John Mallinger 71 74 74, Nathan Green (Aus) 75 71 73, Brett Quigley 67 78 74, Sean O'Hair 75 75 69, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 75 72 72, Johnson Wagner 78 67 74, Ryan Moore 73 71 75

220 Kevin Na (Kor) 75 72 73, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 76 68 76, Chris DiMarco 75 72 73, Bo Van Pelt 71 76 73, Todd Hamilton 70 76 74, Cliff Kresge 73 73 74, Fred Couples 72 71 77

221 Arron Oberholser 77 71 73, George McNeill 73 73 75, Bart Bryant 76 74 71, Jeff Quinney 71 79 71, Mark Wilson 73 74 74

222 John Senden (Aus) 71 78 73, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl) 72 75 75

223 John Rollins 71 76 76, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 72 78 73, Ken Duke 71 77 75, Ian Poulter (Eng) 75 72 76, Woody Austin 71 76 76, Jon Mills (Can) 73 76 74

224 Charley Hoffman 74 74 76, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 72 77 75, KJ Choi (Kor) 76 74 74, Tim Petrovic 73 75 76, Richard Green (Aus) 72 75 77

225 Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 74 76 75, Dustin Johnson 75 73 77, Travis null Perkins 76 74 75, Davis Love III 74 74 77, Lee Janzen 74 76 75

226 Jin Park (Kor) 75 75 76, Paul Casey (Eng) 76 71 79, Shaun Micheel 71 77 78, Parker McLachlin 73 77 76, Chez Reavie 73 77 76

227 D.J. Trahan 73 76 78

228 Tom Pernice Jnr. 71 75 82

230 Brett Wetterich 76 73 81

233 Dean Wilson 78 72 83, Anton Haig (Rsa) 71 79 83