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  • Associated Press Martin Kaymer watches his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Memorial on Saturday in Dublin, Ohio.

Sunday, June 02, 2019 1:00 am

Golf

Kaymer leads Scott by 2 at Memorial

Associated Press

DUBLIN, Ohio – Martin Kaymer is 18 holes away from ending his five years without a victory.

He is mildly surprised. He is not the least bit stressed.

And he has plenty of company among contenders at the Memorial.

Kaymer was bogey-free Saturday at Muirfield Village for a 6-under 66 that gave him a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, setting up a final pairing of two major champions and former No. 1 players in the world in the midst of long droughts.

Four shots behind and very much in the mix are Jordan Spieth – a three-time major champion and former No. 1 – and Hideki Matsuyama, both winless since 2017.

“We can all play good golf, and it's quite nice for tomorrow because no one is really holding back,” Kaymer said. “I think you only hold back if you don't know the situation because then you don't know how to react and you play safe, defensive. ... No one is playing like that in that group.”

Kaymer was at 15-under 201 in his first appearance at the Memorial in 10 years.

“I'm just going to play as good as I can tomorrow,” Scott said. “I like where it's all at. I feel like the last few times I've been in with a chance, going back to the PGA Championship last year, I felt comfortable. So I'm not worried. I feel like this is the spot I'm meant to be. ... I feel like my game is at a level that if I put it all together properly and control myself out there, I can win.”

Matsuyama won the Memorial in 2014, the start of his road to stardom. He finished strong on both nines to give himself a chance with a 64.

Spieth has put together his best three-week stretch since the end of the 2017 season.

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: In Charleston, South Carolina, former Duke championship teammates Yu Liu of China and Celine Boutier of France were tied for the lead after three rounds of the U.S. Women's Open.

Liu had a 5-under 66 to match Boutier at 7 under at the Country Club of Charleston. Boutier shot 69.

The pair of Blue Devils, good friends and starters on the 2014 NCAA championship team, were a stroke in front of Lexi Thompson, Jaye Marie Green and Japan's Mamiko Higa, the surprise leader the first two rounds.

CHAMPIONS: In Des Moines, Iowa, Scott Parel shot a 6-under 66 to extend his lead to five strokes in the Principal Charity Classic.

Parel had a 15-under 129 total at Wakonda Club to break the tournament 36-hole record of 13 under set a year ago by eventual winner Tom Lehman.

Marco Dawson shot a 65 to match Jerry Kelly (67) at 10 under.