Leishman making charge at Memorial

Marc Leishman is making a run towards the leaders, sitting just three shots off the pace in a tie for sixth midway through the final round of the US PGA tour Memorial Tournament.

Leishman is two-under par through nine holes at Muirfield Village to move to 11-under par for the tournament, now just three back of Italian Francesco Molinari who sits 15-under through six holes.

Overnight leader Justin Rose has dropped a shot to be second at 14-under (six holes) with Swede David Lingmerth (seven holes) third at 13-under.

Starting six off the pace Leishman opened with a bogey to be a distant seven back and tied 18th before catching fire on the third hole.

Four birdies in a five-hole stretch lifted him to as high as fourth, at one point just two back of the lead before an unlucky bogey on the eighth stalled his charge.

Just as it looked as if the wheels might come off the Victorian made a critical long par save on the ninth to stay in the mix.

Earlier, former world No.1 Tiger Woods shot a two-over 74, an 11 shot improvement on his career-worst 85 from Saturday.

The 39-year-old remains in last place in the tournament at 14-over 302, the worst 72-hole total of his career, but was pleased with some aspects of Sunday’s play.

He will continue to work with his current swing changes and try to find his game.

“Today was a lot better ballstriking wise but I didn’t finish off very good,” Woods said.

“Today was what I’ve been doing on the driving range, and that was finally nice to see. I got a solidness back, I was hitting the driver with both shapes, cuts and draws.

“The guys that have made tweaks, you have moments where you go backwards and then you make big, major strides down the road. That’s just the way it goes.

“You have to look at the big picture. You can’t be so myopic with your view and expect to have one magical day or one magical shot and change your whole game. It doesn’t work that way.”

Steven Bowditch sits at seven under through 11 holes as the next best Australian in a tie for 19th while Greg Chalmers (-4), Matt Jones (-2) and John Senden (+1) have finished well off the pace.

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