Originally created 06/04/06

Pettersson holds onto lead



DUBLIN, Ohio - One day later, not much changed at the Memorial. Carl Pettersson had a one-shot lead, storm clouds gathered and players trudged off Muirfield Village on Saturday night knowing they would resume the third round at the crack of dawn.

But it was far from an ordinary day:

- Two players who had been disqualified Friday evening for leaving the course before play was suspended were allowed back into the tournament when officials decided they were given bad information.

- Jay Haas hardly showed his age. The 52-year-old Senior PGA champion played 33 holes because of the rain delays, tied a PGA Tour record by making his 590th career cut and shot an even-par 72 in the afternoon round.

- The hole location on the sixth hole changed in the middle of the second round when someone defecated in the cup overnight.

- With nothing to lose, big-hitting Bubba Watson gave the gallery something to remember. He pulled out his pink-shafted driver on the 363-yard 14th hole and drove the green, a 352-yard drive that left fans stunned.

- Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson surged into the lead with a 50-foot eagle putt and a chip-in from 25 feet off the green, only to give it back with a wedge that landed well behind the pin, spun to the front of the green and rolled into the water on the par-5 11th, leading to double bogey.

- Woody Austin nearly made double eagle on the par-5 15th, settling for a tap-in eagle that thrust him into contention.

The only thing this tournament needs now is a conclusion.

Pettersson plodded along with pars and made birdies on the par 5s to reach 11 under, getting up-and-down from a trough in the bunker on No. 15 for birdie to keep his nose in front of Austin and Zach Johnson.

Austin was 6 under for the round when he hit out of a fairway bunker on the 18th to the front of the green, only 30 feet away but a difficult putt to get close when he returns at 7 a.m. Johnson rebounded from back-to-back bogeys with back-to-back birdies on the front nine, then ran off four birdies in a row and joined Austin at 10 under through 16 holes.

A victory would be Pettersson's second since the last U.S. Open, giving him a free pass to Winged Foot.

"I'm just going to try to play and see what happens," Pettersson said. "If I have to go to qualifying on Monday, I'll go."