DUBLIN, Ohio -- If this guy could finish off a tournament, he might fast become famous.
Quick-witted Aussie Mathew Goggin fired a 7-under 65 in the third-to-last group off the tee on Thursday at the Memorial Tournament, marking the fourth time in his career he's held the lead after 18 holes.
Alas, he's still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, which, based on his sense of humor, would be a very popular occurrence should it ever happen.
Goggin warmed up with a couple of funny, self-deprecating remarks about his career, then casually mentioned the only other time he had played the notable Muirfield Village Golf Club, designed by tournament host Jack Nicklaus, a few years back as a member of the Nationwide Tour.
He and his friends were so fired up to be playing a highly regarded tour venue that they stayed up late hoisting beers.
"I was staying with some friends and it was my birthday," he said of the 1999 visit to the Columbus area. "We got so drunk we were going to play the course the next day and I was all fired up.
"But we had a big night and I think it was eight holes, I had such a bad hangover we decided to pull the pin and get out of the sun. So that was a little different experience than playing in the tournament."
The kicker to the story is that Goggin was staying at the nearby home of Gary Nicklaus, the Golden Bear's tour-playing son.
"He was a bad influence," Goggin cracked.
He was quickly reminded that the Memorial is an invitational event and that Papa Bear might not laugh quite as loudly as others when he reads this particular piece of news in his newspaper on Friday morning. Goggin, 33, only laughed louder.
"I better play well the next three days now, once he sees that," he laughed. "They would disinvite me."