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Defending champ Jon Rahm gets some payback with an ace for Memorial lead

DUBLIN, Ohio – For Jon Rahm it was definitely worth the wait.

The Spaniard returned to Muirfield Village early Saturday to finish his weather-delayed second spherical after which completed the third spherical at 8-under 64 to seize the lead.

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Rahm birdied the par-4 thirteenth gap late Friday when play was halted by darkness. When he returned Saturday he bogeyed No. 14 and was a shot off the lead when he arrived on the par-3 sixteenth gap.

“I did not think any ball landing short of the pin would go in just because it’s coming in with such height from the elevated tee and the greens are soft,” Rahm stated of his 8-iron tee shot that bounced twice earlier than dropping into the outlet. “You can kind of see my face of surprise, because I was pretty sure that ball was going to be past the hole about 15 feet.”

Rahm has an advanced relationship with the sixteenth gap at Muirfield Village. During final 12 months’s last spherical, he chipped in to pad his lead over Ryan Palmer however after a video assessment it was decided he brought on his ball to maneuver within the tough earlier than hitting his chip and he was penalized two strokes. Even with the penalty Rahm nonetheless gained the occasion.

“I told [caddie Adam Hayes], I was walking down after I picked up the ball, I’m, like, well, that is some good karma and payback from last year,” Rahm stated.

Rahm leads Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay by six strokes getting into Sunday.

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