DUBLIN, Ohio -- Former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel bounced back from a double bogey on his next-to-last hole with a 13-foot birdie putt that earned him the early lead at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
The double bogey at the eighth hole stopped a string of four straight birdies but Schwartzel still finished with a 65 that left him one stroke ahead of Scott Piercy. Piercy went on a birdie run of his own, making five straight starting at No. 4 on the way to a 66.
"The birdie on the last definitely will make my evening a lot better," Schwartzel said. "I felt like I played really well, just ... sort of ticking the ball over and got it to 8 under. Just had a bad one on No. 8, made a double. And that was the very worst I played all day."