DUBLIN, Ohio - Rickie Fowler, the new kid in golf, gave himself a chance Friday to be the next kid to win on the PGA Tour.
The 21-year-old Fowler ran off three consecutive birdies late in his round for a 6-under-par 66 to tie the 36-hole record for the Memorial Tournament and take a 3-shot lead over Justin Rose into the weekend at soggy Muirfield Village.
Fowler was at 13-under 131, matching the record set by Scott Hoch in 1987.
Rory McIlroy won at Quail Hollow two days before his 21st birthday, and Jason Day won the Byron Nelson Championship two weeks ago at age 22.
Defending champion Tiger Woods was just inside the projected cut line when he started, and with his lackluster play on a course that can penalize errant shots, there was some question whether he would be around for all four rounds in his final event before the U.S. Open. Those questions didn't last long. He birdied three of the opening five holes, then ran off three straight birdies on his front nine to offset the few mistakes for a 69. He was at 3-under 141, 10 shots behind, but still playing.
Phil Mickelson, who has another chance to become No. 1 with a victory, shot a 71 that put him at 6-under 138.
Elsewhere: Fifth-seeded Oregon will face No. 1 Oklahoma State in the NCAA Division I men's golf semifinals Saturday on the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. No. 2 Florida State will meet No. 6 Augusta State. . . . Tommy Armour III matched the Glen Oaks record with an 8-under 63 to take a 3-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa.