Dublin, OH– For the majority of the field at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, it was another day of great conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club and the players capitalized.
Three fared better than the rest as William McGirt, Soren Kjeldsen and Robert Streb each shot 8-under par.
“I just think my game’s in a little better place right now, number one,” McGirt said. “Number two is I’ve played enough here to kind of learn the golf course, learn where to hit it, more importantly where not to hit it.”
McGirt capitalized the most putting himself in a share of the lead.
Kjeldsen posted a 4-under par 32 for each nine and is making the most of his seventh start this season.
Last year Kjeldsen placed second at the European Tour’s Nordea Masters. That tournament falls this week, but with the course moving and more of a distance track, Kjeldsen decided this was the time to make his Memorial Tournament debut.
“I always wanted to play in this tournament,” said Kjeldsen. “Jack Nicklaus has been a hero of mine since I was a little kid. So to have the opportunity to come and play, it was something I always wanted to do.”
Kjeldsen admitted he struggled with his driver for years, but Saturday he hit 13 of 14 fairways.
“I drove it pretty nicely,” Kjeldsen said. “I can still let it go a little bit more. I certainly hit it quite a bit farther when I’m on the range, but it’s a gradual process. I’ve come a long way, and I put it in play a lot. When I hit my irons like I do today, I can shoot any score — but it’s nice. These three days, I’ve been driving it really, really solid.”
Streb is the lone player of the three to have a win on the PGA TOUR, but this year has been a struggle for him with two top-25 finishes.
Friday, Streb shot a 1-over par 73, but a day later, he was at the 64 number.
“This year’s kind of been a struggle, but I felt like I’ve been playing pretty good the last few weeks, just getting zero out of it,” Streb said. “Yesterday I didn’t play that bad. I just made an absolute mess of the first two holes, and then I played fine after that. So I wasn’t necessarily playing bad. I just wasn’t scoring very well.”
This course treated Streb well last year as he tied for 18th place.
“I haven’t quite figured it out, but I like it here,” said Streb. “I think it’s one of those places, if you play well, you can get a lot out of it.”