DUBLIN, OHIO (AP) - Like a golfing pied piper, an army of kids has trailed Rickie Fowler around the Memorial all week.
They had a lot to cheer about on Saturday.
Fowler followed two rounds of 71 with a 69, matching the day’s best, to move into third place at 5-under 211.
“I’ve hit a lot of good shots around here,” Fowler said, seconds after dozens of youngsters _ and more than a few adults _ chanted his name just a few feet away. “I’m able to go into every hole out here comfortably, knowing that I’ve played it well. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Fowler, who played at Oklahoma State and proudly wears the school’s neon orange, had to play in swirling winds during his college days. He said he wouldn’t have a problem if the gusts kicked up in the final round.
“I love playing in the wind,” he said.
When he finished his round he was five strokes behind Spencer Levin. By the time the last putt fell, he was just three back. He’ll play the final round paired with Tiger Woods, who is four off the pace.
“It’s not easy to go low,” he said, citing the difficult conditions. “Someone that’s in the lead is going to have a tough time pulling away.”
JACK ON CAMERAS: Jack Nicklaus has not spoken to Phil Mickelson since the four-time major champion withdrew after the opening round of the Memorial. Nicklaus isn’t sure what happened with Mickelson and the number of cellphone cameras. And he’s not sure what do about fans bringing their phones to the course.
“It’s not here. It’s a tour policy,” Nicklaus said Saturday.
Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Bubba Watson had to back off several shots in the opening round because of fans taking pictures. The tour began allowing cellphones last year, though pictures are not allowed during tournament rounds.
Mickelson cited mental fatigue for withdrawing after a 79, though it is becoming clear his WD was also a subtle message to the tour.
“I haven’t been on the golf course,” Nicklaus said. “But I’ve always felt like … if you have all the noise like they have at Phoenix, they’re used to it and expect it. It’s not going to be a big deal. If you don’t expect it and it happens, then it becomes a big deal. Either guys have got to get used to it or the tour has got to adjust the policy.”View Entire Story
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