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Bubba eyes 3rd win in 2014, Scott lurking

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance –Muirfield Village Country Club – Dublin, Ohio –

Masters champion Bubba Watson takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament.

Watson (12-under) and Scott Langley tee off at Muirfield Village Golf Club at 1:45 p.m. local time in central Ohio in the final pairing. Bubba chased down overnight leader Paul Casey on Saturday to secure the 54-hold lead.

Bubba, No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is looking for his third victory in 2014 winning at Augusta in April and at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open in February. Watson was a 28-to-1 betting selection heading into the week, according to www.skybet.com.

Watson has back-to-back 69s after opening with 66. But, he is 0-for-4 in closing out 54-hole leads in his career.

Hideki Matsuyama is solo in third at 10-under and just two back. He is searching for his maiden PGA Tour victory. He was tied for the lead last week heading into Sunday before being passed by Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Langley, another lefty, is also looking for his first win and has the task of playing with Bubba in the final duo.

Scott, the World No. 1, is fourth at 9-under and might be in the best position. He rallied in the final-round last week to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational in a playoff.

A group of half dozen players are T-5 at 6-under and still in the mix including Jordan Spieth, Charl Schwartzel and Casey.

Although you have to like Bubba’s chances and form, no left-handed player has won this tournament. And, five of the last seven champions have come from behind to win it on Sunday.

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