Tiger Woods was looking for a bounce back after a 72 on Thursday, and he can not have been too disappointed with a second round of 67, which included an eagle from 95 yards at the par-five 11th, which moved him to five-under.
She still had a two-shot lead with two holes remaining, but closed with back-to-back bogeys to fall into a playoff after shooting 73.
He turned pro after the Masters and already has a pair of top 10s in his four events.
Bryson DeChambeau ended an action-packed last Saturday by making one of only 6 birdies on the par-3 16th hole, saving par with a tough flop shot from behind the 17th green and finishing off a six-under 66 with a 9-iron into 5 feet.
And he was six shots behind with almost two dozen players in front of him.
"Look, I just want to birdie every hole", DeChambeau said. Take lessons from the range to the course and see the results.
Woods certainly appears up to the task.
Woods missed a four-footer for birdie on the par-4 No. 14 and his par putt on No. 18 was more than three feet, which made dinner less tasty.
"I just have days like that", a smiling Woods said of his back. "I had only played here one time before and played horribly. I play beautifully actually". Woods said, "I had total control what I was doing out there but I just couldn't finish it off". Three years ago, in his last appearance at Muirfield Village, Woods shot a third-round 85 and finished last in the field by 8 strokes.
"While Tiger has not had that much fun the last 10-years, and I would hate to go through what he's has been through as he's been through a lot, but he's a hard worker, he's a tough competitor and he's still driven, so that's why I would never count him out", said the 79-year-old Nicklaus.
Niemann, a former world number one amateur, had shared the first-round lead with Matsuyama and Mexico's Abraham Ancerer and he kept the foot on the accelerator with seven birdies against three bogeys. Still steaming from his last putt, he was asked if his game was good enough to win.
Previous year at Muirfield Village, he shot 76 in each of the first two rounds and was sent packing. "So you do the math".
Walking off the course with his first 54-hole lead, DeChambeau couldn't but help but think of the two that got away. His flat stick began to let him down when he three putted on 16 and missed a short par putt on 18. "Ecstatic about where I am".
After a four under round of 68 Woods is only five shots behind the leaders heading into the final round at Jack's place.
DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02: Tiger Woods misses a birdie putt on the third hole during the third round of The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio.
They were two shots ahead of Byeong Hun An (67). And then he stalled, just like he did on Friday. When he birdied the par-5 No. 15, Woods was tied for the lead.
Getting off to a good start on an early tee time has its advantages.