Masters champ Watson leads Memorial event

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 01, 2014, 04:30 AM IST

Dublin, Ohio: Bubba Watson moved one shot ahead of the field after firing his second straight three-under 69 in the third round of the PGA Tour`s Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

The left-handed American and reigning Masters champ ended 54 holes at 12-under-par 204 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In the last eight years, Watson hasn`t finished better than tied for 23rd at this $6.2 million event.

Another American Scott Langley, shot five-under 67 to move into second place.

Japan`s Hideki Matsuyama posted a three-under 69 and moved into third at 10-under 206. World number one Adam Scott, of Australia, carded a four-under 68 and climbed to nine-under, where he is alone in fourth place.

Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, and Jordan Spieth both shot 67 in round three. They were joined in fifth place at eight-under-par 208 by Billy Horschel (68), Robert Streb (69), Brendon Todd (69) and second-round leader Paul Casey (76).