Geoff Ogilvy felt as though he made more putts in one round at the Memorial than he had in the last month. One little miss that cost him the outright lead yesterday sure wasn’t going to spoil his day.
On greens that were fast and pure despite two rain delays at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, Ogilvy rolled in eight birdie putts to take the lead, only to fall into a three-way tie when he stepped over a 30-inch par putt and watched it spin out of the cup on his 17th hole.
He still shot a 7-under-par 65, his best start of the year, and shared the lead with 21-year-old Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose, who made most of his birdies after the two-hour rain delay in the morning.
“I putted very well,’’ Ogilvy said with a wry smile before adding, “except for one little blip.’’
They were two shots ahead of a large group that included Phil Mickelson, who can go to No. 1 in the world with a victory on the course Jack Nicklaus built, as long as Tiger Woods isn’t among the top four.
Woods, the defending champion, will be playing today with the cut in question.
He looked ordinary through most of the afternoon, failing to make birdie on any of the par 5s in a round of 72.
“I hit terrible shots,’’ said Woods. “That’s just the way it goes.’’
It was the first time since 2004 he failed to break par at the Memorial, which he has won four times.
Mickelson played bogey-free for his 67, a refreshing change from last week, when he missed the cut at the Colonial. He made up ground toward the end of his round with two simple birdies on the par 5s at No. 5 and No. 7, sandwiched around a 10-foot birdie on the sixth.
Rose began pouring in birdies not long after a downpour that soaked the course. He birdied six of his last 10 holes to get his name atop the leaderboard, and no one could catch him until the afternoon.
First came Fowler and a blazing stretch of holes on the front nine. Then it was Ogilvy’s turn.
He finished the back nine with a birdie on the 18th.
“It was nice to hole the putts,’’ Ogilvy said. “If anything has been missing from my game the last month or two it’s been poor putting.’’
European — Chris Wood, 22, shot a record-tying 6-under 65 over the Ryder Cup course at Celtic Manor to take the lead in the Wales Open in Newport.
Local favorite Bradley Dredge was a stroke back.
Nationwide — Patrick Sheehan shot an 8-under 63 at the University of Maryland GC, giving him a one-shot lead over Fabian Gomez in the Prince George’s County Open. Pembroke’s Justin Peters shot 65, tying him for third with three other players.