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Levin loses lead in final round at Memorial when he struggles on back nine




Spencer Levin was one round from winning his first PGA Tour event after leading Saturday’s third round.

He lead Rory Sabbatini by 1 shot, Rickie Fowler by three strokes and Tiger Woods by four shots in a tight top four.

Levin had played winning golf all tournament with a 67-72-69-75 for a 283, 5-under-par and a tie for 4th after running into problems on the back nine in Sunday’s final round.

Spencer Levin with media after tough final round ( photo)

The 54-hole leader entering the final round, Levin shot a 75 in the final round to finish in a tie for 4th with Daniel Summerhays.

In search of his first PGA Tour win, Levin failed to convert a 54-hole lead for the second time in his PGA career. He previously held a six-shot advantage at the Waste Management Phoenix Open before shooting a 75 in the final round and finished third.

Spencer Levin places ball on green (photo by Tom Theodore, courtesy of Columbus Wired)

Levin finished in the top 10 at the Memorial for the first time in his third start. He previously finished in a tie for 33rd in 2010 and missed the cut in 2011.

The tie for 4th is Levin’s third of the 2012 season and first since he tied for 9th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.

Levin needed just 100 putts at the Memorial Tournament, joining Ernie Els (2004), John Mallinger (2008) and Joe Ogilvie (2008).

Media waiting for golfers to come off course ( photo)

Stuart Mason & Monica Steele contributed to this story


Fowler falls out of contention with 84 in final round of Memorial

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Usually if a golfer has a bad round of golf, he will not spend time with the media or the gallery of fans.

Rickie Fowler was most gracious talking to the media after Sunday's round ( photo)

But fan-favorite Rickie Fowler showed his professionalism by spending time with the media and spent 30 minutes signing autographs for the fans. Nobody would’ve blamed the former Oklahoma State product if he wanted to go to the clubhouse and hide out after a disappointing Sunday at the Memorial.

Fowler was 3rd after Saturday’s third round, three shots from the lead held by Spencer Levin.

But on Sunday, he fell faster than Haley’s Comet in the final round, shooting a whopping 12-over-par 84 to drop from third place at 5-under-par to a tie for 52nd place with three other golfers at 7-over par. That 84 matched the fourth-highest final round in the 37 years of the Memorial’s history. The highest was back in 1981 by Gary Hallberg with an 88.

Fowler shot a 40 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine.

Rickie Fowler wonders what happened in his final round on Sunday (photo courtesy of Columbus Wired)

His troubles started early in the round at number-2 where he pulled a drive and on number-3 where he missed a three-putt from 5 1/2 feet missed.

The collapse would indicate fatigue, but Fowler said “no”.

His collapse was really stunning considering that he has been one of the hottest and most consistent PGA Tour golfers the past two months, winning once and finishing in the top ten in four tournaments.

The 84 is Fowler’s highest score on the PGA Tour. His previous high score was a 79 in the final round of the Northern Trust Open earlier this season.


Stuart Mason & Monica Steele contributed to this story

Stallings, sore ribs and all, shoots 66 to lead Memorial’s first round action


Scott Stallings (file photo)

Most PGA Tour fans may not know much about Scott Stallings, if anything at all.

The 27-year-old Stallings is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University of Cookeville, Tennessee, which is in the Nashville area. He turned pro in 2007 and has one win on the PGA Tour, the Greenbrier Classic in July of 2011. That is the extent of his pro golf career.

The golf world knows him now, because he the first round leader of the 2012 Memorial Tournament, shooting a 6-under-par 66.

Stallings showed his mettle with a birdie on the most-difficult hole on the course, the 18th, with a 2-foot putt. He leads by one-stroke over Spencer Levin and Erik Compton.

It’s a good human interest story that Stallings is able to lead any tournament or even play golf in his position due to the injury he has.

In late January of this year, he suffered torn cartilage in five ribs and it took the injury awhile to be diagnosed properly.

After taking off a month to rest his injury, Stallings came back and has had mixed results. His high point was finishing 27th in the Masters tournament and he hasn’t made a cut since then.

Ribs injuries has no real therapy or surgery. It has to heal on its own.

For golfers, the injury is very nagging and troublesome because of the torque put on the body when they have to drive the ball for distance.


Laird leads after second round of Arnold Palmer Invitational

Martin Laird (file photo)

Martin Laird shot a 7-under-par 65 at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge Golf Course to take a one-shot lead over K.J. Choi and Spencer Levin after the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

Laird is at 9-under-par 135.

How is Tiger Woods playing?

The number world’s number 3 golfer shot a 4-under 68, leaving him just six shots behind Laird.

compiled from PGA Tour news

Wagner PGA event in Mexico

Johnson Wagner (file photo)

Johnson Wagner is the 2011 winner of the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his second PGA Tour title, beating Spencer Levin with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Wagner closed the tournament with a 4-under-par 67 to match Levin at 17-under-par 267 on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Levin shot a 65.

Champions Tour player John Cook shot a 66 to finish third at 14-under-par.

compiled from PGA Tour news