DUBLIN, OHIO Two years of rain-delayed runaways by Tiger Woods are over, not to mention his quest for a fourth straight victory in the Memorial Tournament.
The stage now shifts to Bob Tway, the 43-year-old Oklahoman and former PGA champion who walked the line between aggressive shots and disastrous results and positioned himself for his first victory in seven years.
"It would be a big boost for my confidence," Tway said.
Playing bogey-free while other contenders succumbed to mistakes on the back nine Saturday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Tway had a 4-under 68 to emerge from the pack and take a one-stroke lead over Stewart Cink into the final round.
Five players had a share of the lead at one point until Tway birdied No. 17 from 15 feet to finish at 12-under 204, the first time he has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead since the Disney Classic three years ago.
Cink could have joined him, but missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole.
Justin Leonard, the 36-hole leader, was around the top of the board all afternoon until two bogeys on the back nine dropped him back to 206 and an even-par 72.
Vijay Singh also was tied at one point and only two strokes back until he drove into a creek on the final hole and took double bogey. He shot a 72 and was four strokes behind.
"On this golf course, it's a fine line between good and bad," Tway said. "I didn't make a bogey, so that's good. If I do that tomorrow, I'll feel good about it."
Woods had to settle for an even-par 72. He finished at 216, a dozen strokes out of the lead in a tie for 56th.