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Ben Curtis shoots 73 on tough day at Memorial

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 1, 2013

Kent's Ben Curtis shot a 1-over 73 in Saturday's third round of the Memorial Tournament on a gusty day at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Curtis' even par 216 total left him tied for 27th and was 8 strokes better than Tiger Woods, who shot his highest score in the Memorial, carding a 79.

Curtis birdied Nos. 3, 10 and 16, but bogeyed Nos. 11 and 18 and double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 9.

"I didn’t really hit it good all day, especially off the tee, left myself a lot of hard up and downs, but overall I’m pretty happy," Curtis said. "I would have loved to have made par or birdie on the last, but with that pin, it’s a really tough pin.

"I’m not overly disappointed. It would have been nice to give myself a few more chances on the back. I think I had four looks at it, it would have been nice to get another one or two."

Most of Curtis' problems came on shots that strayed to the right.

"The shot on nine, I just missed it way to the right," he said. "Started off with a couple pulls, but it didn’t really hurt me. Especially the one on nine, I gave myself a decent chip, but messed that all up. Then 11, just missed it way to the right and had to hit a sand wedge back to the fairway, basically straight sideways."

Curtis wasn't sure what the conditions will be like for the final round. Heavy thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday night and could run into Sunday morning.

"Hopefully we get some decent weather, west wind," Curtis said. "I hear the storms are coming in tonight; a couple inches of rain. Hopefully the course can take it. We’ll see if we can get it in tomorrow."

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