May 31 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Bill Haas used five birdies and an eagle to surge to a three-shot lead at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance on Friday.
Haas, who has five top-10s in 13 events this season and ranks 27th in FedExCup points, carded a second-round, 5-under 67 and led a group of four players when play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Matt Kuchar also finished in Friday morning, shooting a 70 to move to 6 under. He's tied for second with Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson and Kyle Stanley, who are through 15, 14 and 13 holes respectively.
The second round, which was suspended twice for a total of one hour and 49 minutes before being called at 7:07 p.m. ET due to a third dangerous weather situation, will resume on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET.
Tournament officials expect there are about 90 minutes of competition remaining in the second round. The cut will be made and the third round will get under way with players sent off two tees from approximately 9:30-11:30 a.m. ET.
Before play was called, Rory McIlroy rebounded from a first-round 78 with five birdies to reach 4 under through 14 holes of his second round. He was at 2 over for the tournament, one shot clear of the cut line, currently projected at 3 over.
"I played better. I played much better," McIlroy said. "Yesterday it was funny, I was just a little off, my concentration just wasn't really there.
"Today I really focused and saw my shots a lot better. And I played nicely so far. I need to continue to keep that going. ... The major goal today was to try to make it into the weekend. I'm on the right track to do that."
Tiger Woods carded a second-round 74 and was tied for 46th place at 1 over, 10 shots back.
Watson, who was 5 under through his first 14 holes in the second round, said his putter was more cooperative on Friday -- which accounted for the big move up the leaderboard.
"And that was the difference, just smart golf," he said. "Just played to spots and somehow not make too many bogeys."
Stanley, who has two top-10 finishes in his last four starts, says he was just trying to play "boring" golf on Friday. He's 3 under for the day and was unpreturbed by the rapidly changing and blustery conditions.
"I like today's conditions, because if you put together a good round you know you're going to be there," Stanley said. "And I'm playing well right now. I don't mind the wind if it blows. But if it doesn't I'm pretty confident with my game right now."