DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – For most of a warm and wacky Saturday afternoon at the Memorial, the leaderboard was filled with a “Who’s Who” of this golfing generation, five players with a combined 20 majors, 121 PGA Tour victories and 19 World Golf Championships.

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. Davis Love III, Geoff Ogilvy and Jim Furyk.

It ended with a “Who’s That?”

Matt Bettencourt, a 34-year-old rookie who had never played a PGA Tour event until this year, steadied himself during some nervous moments on the super slick greens of Muirfield Village for a 4-under 68 to share the lead with two-time tour winner Mark Wilson (69).

Bettencourt, who has yet to finish in the top 20 and has missed more cuts than he has made, wasn’t expecting to be atop the leaderboard at the tournament Jack Nicklaus created.

The guys chasing him? That was no surprise at all.

“The field is so strong here,” Bettencourt said. “Mr. Nicklaus asks you to play, you’re going to play. If you expect to win, you’re going to have to beat the best. And the best are up there.”

No one played better than Ogilvy, who was in a tie for 57th and nine shots behind until he turned in a tournament-best 63 as the leaders were finishing up their lunch. He was atop the leaderboard for much of the day until finishing two shots behind.

Woods, a three-time winner of the Memorial, made his move on the back nine with a 5-wood into 6 feet for an eagle. Slowed by a careless three-putt bogey on the 17th, he had to settle for a 68 and was four shots behind.

Furyk was up-and-down, as were most players, until he steadied himself down the stretch and scratched out a 71, putting him one shot behind with Jonathan Byrd, who also had a 71.

Kerr, McPherson share State Farm lead

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Cristie Kerr noticed the gusting wind and saw an opportunity. Now she has a shot at another victory.

Kerr made a big jump into a tie for the lead with Kristy McPherson at the State Farm Classic, delivering a dominant showing before a late fade in the third round on a windy Saturday.

“I did a lot of things right,” said Kerr, a 12-time tour winner.

Four strokes back after the second round, she settled for a 6-under 66 after bogeying two of the final three holes. Then, McPherson (69) stumbled at the end, bogeying her final two holes, and that left them tied at 12-under 204 heading into the last round in the final tuneup for the LPGA Championship next week at Bulle Rock.

Jiyai Shin (69) was a shot behind. Second-round co-leaders Se Ri Pak (72) and Suzann Pettersen (72) were part of a crowd at 10 under that included Ai Miyazato (65), In-Kyung Kim (69), Amy Hung (69), Angela Stanford (69) and Helen Alfredsson (71), who shot her way into contention with a 63 on Saturday. Michelle Wie, meanwhile, fell out of it with a 77 that left her at 1 under.

With wind gusting to 32 mph, Kerr and McPherson dominated at times before those late problems. Even so, they were in a good position and a familiar spot.

The two traded leads on the final day of the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April but ultimately tied for second – McPherson’s lone top-10 finish – when Brittany Lincicome won on the final hole. The stakes aren’t as high this time, but both would love nothing more than to leave Panther Creek with the momentum heading into the season’s second major.

On a windswept afternoon, Kerr had it until the end.

“I’m a grinder,” she said. “I like tough conditions. The last couple days, they were shooting anywhere from 6 under to 9 under.”

Triton Financial Classic

LAKEWAY, Texas – Bernhard Langer shot a 3-under 69 in warm conditions to maintain a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Triton Financial Classic.

The German star, a two-time winner this year on the Champions Tour, had a 10-under 134 total on The Hills Country Club course.

Gene Jones (66) was second, Jeff Sluman (69) and Mark O’Meara (69) were 7 under, and Jay Haas (68), Scott Hoch (69) and local star Tom Kite (70) were 6 under.

Langer had five birdies and two bogeys, reaching 10 under with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales – England’s Nick Dougherty eagled the final hole for a 1-under 70 and a share of the Wales Open during the rain-delayed third round.

Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl (68) and Spain’s Ignacio Garrido (71) matched Dougherty at 5-under 208 on The Twenty Ten Course, the site of the 2010 Ryder Cup matches.

Englishmen Paul Waring (70) and Simon Dyson (70) were a stroke back and Scotland’s Richie Ramsey also was 4 under with two holes to play in the round delayed 61/2 hours because of rain.

Ramsey talked to European tour chief referee John Paramor about a possible rule infraction at the eighth hole, but no decision was reached and the matter will be resolved Sunday.


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