- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - No lefty has ever won in the 38 years of the Memorial Tournament.

Now the two guys with the best chances of shaking right hands with tournament founder Jack Nicklaus on Sunday are both left-handed.

One is Bubba Watson. The other isn’t Phil Mickelson.

It’s Scott Langley, a household name only at his house in Illinois, who will join Watson in the final pairing. Watson holds a one-shot lead over Langley heading into the final round.

A non-winner in 52 PGA Tour events, the 25-year-old University of Illinois grad will try to rein in his emotions when he steps into the big spotlight.

“Out here, maybe the intensity is a little higher and there’s a little more at stake,” he said, comparing college competition with what he faces every week as a second-year pro. “So I’m just kind of stepping back and taking a deep breath and staying centered in the moment.”

Langley finished third at the Sony Open a year ago in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. This year he placed third again at the Valspar Open.

He tied for 68th last week at Colonial, but felt he got a bump from his 69 on Sunday.

“Sometimes the good weeks come out of nowhere,” he said. “I didn’t play great at Colonial last week but I felt like I had a really good final round. So maybe a little bit of momentum kind of pushed me into this week.”


BUBBA ON 18: While Bubba Watson was bogeying the final hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Memorial, a close-up of his fourth shot created some controversy.

Watson was using his 3-wood to bump the ball from the collar of the rough below the hole when it appeared he slightly touched it with the club.

The PGA Tour was watching. And re-watching.

“We looked at it in real time,” said tour rules official Slugger White. “It looked like he may have touched it. And the ball didn’t move. That’s all. It was easy.”

Under rule 18-2a, a player when addressing the ball can make contact with it and no penalty is given if the ball returns to its original position.

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