Emergency 9: the Memorial Tournament, Round 2
June 01, 2018
By Mike Glasscott, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods' Round 2 highlights from the Memorial
Here are nine tidbits from the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide that gamers can use tomorrow, this weekend or down the road. Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village Golf Club, just outside Columbus, Ohio, has hosted for the 42 previous events and plays 7,392 yards to a Par-72.
PAIN OR GAIN
These were the top-10 selected golfers (plus one) in the PGA TOUR Fantasy One & Done presented by SERVPRO:
RANK PLAYER POSITION % OWNERSHIP 1 Tiger Woods
2 Marc Leishman
3 Jason Day
The cut was level par 144 with 81 players advancing to the weekend. Since more than 78 qualified, MDF will be in place after Round 3 on Saturday. Round 2 was suspended for one hour and 28 minutes, but everyone finished on Friday. The damp conditions and lack of wind saw scores plummet. Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 81 and light winds five to 10 mph.
Well, that was fun! Tiger Woods took gamers through the gamut of emotions as he led the field in SG: tee to green, approach the green and proximity in Round 2. He holed out from 95 yards for eagle. He was scaring the hole from his iron play, but ended up missing too many makeable putts to count and finished the round No. 119 in SG: putting. There are 120 players in the field. His 67 missed being the best round of the day by just one shot. The bad news was there were 10 rounds of 66 posted and 12 other rounds of 67. If he hits it like this again in Round 3, I like his chances to go even lower.
LATE TO LATER
Playing from the third-to-last group off No. 10, Kyle Stanley circled eight birdies against two bogeys to fire 66 and post 11-under 133 to share the 36-hole lead. Stanley entered the week fourth in both fairways and greens, but his putter is 10th in Strokes-Gained after two rounds. He'll play in the last group with 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann. The Chilean, one of three players that opened with 65, played in the final group off No. 1 and posted 67. He birdied three of his last five holes and keeps his position at T1 entering Saturday. He's birdied 15-of-36 holes. Did I mention he's 19 and playing his sixth TOUR event?
Stanley, Niemann share lead at the Memorial
World travel is nothing new to most of these guys but Byeong-Hun An has settled in to his Wentworth-MVGC annual jaunt. In 2016 he posted T33 at the BMW PGA Championship and followed that up with T11 at the Memorial. The following season he went T24 followed by T25. Last week he collected T15 and his 68-67 first two rounds places him alone in third this week.
Three multiple TOUR winners jumped into the fight in Round 2 as J.B. Holmes, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose all carded 66 and all moved up 20 spots into the top 10. Holmes (T4) hasn't hit the top 25 since T4 at Torrey Pines, but he did close with 66 at Trinity Forest his last time out. Stenson (T9) has never had any success at MVGC as his best finish is T41 in his last appearance in 2013. Rose (T9), who won last week, has won here before (2010) and lost a playoff in 2015.
ONE MORE DAY
Both Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman made their investors sweat until the final stroke in Round 2. McIlroy began the day two-over, but looked to be cruising to the weekend as he was two-under for the week with five holes remaining. He painted 12-of-14 fairways and 14-of-18 GIR but a bogey on his Nos. 14 and 16 holes made for nervous times. He holed an almost seven-footer for par on his 17th hole and two-putted from 32 feet on his 18th hole to post 144 (E). Leishman had a similar run as he was four-under before a double on No. 16 knocked him to even. He made two nervy ones to also post 144 (E) and give himself another chance tomorrow.
ONE AND DONE
There was only one player to miss from the top 10 plus above. Charl Schwartzel, T2 at THE PLAYERS his last time out, dug himself a hole too deep with a rust-buster 77 in Round 1 that included just one birdie. He blazed into Ohio on the back of three top-10 finishes in a row but his 69 on Friday came up two shots short. This is a tough one to swallow as he had cashed in nine of his 10 previous starts at MVGC. Unlucky.
Jordan Spieth's run of five straight at MVGC ended with a disjointed 75-72. He was two-under after five holes before a double on No. 6 set him back to even on Thursday. That was the last time on the week he was at level par or better. He was didn't convert any of his four bunker shots and was just three of 12 scrambling in the two rounds.
Stewart Cink, who has been battling skin cancer, missed the weekend here for only the second time in 22 starts. Get well, Stewart!
Round 1 scored 72.558 (+.558) and there were just three bogey-free rounds. Round 2 entered the history books as it was just the 13th round in history to average less than 71.00 (70.458). There were only three bogey-free rounds again with An (67), Holmes (67) and John Senden (69) doing the honors.
Hideki Matsuyama hit more fairways and greens in Round 2 than he did posting 65 in Round 1. He was five shots worse SG: putting. He's still T4.
Adam Hadwin, Branden Grace and Ollie Schniederjans all kept their cuts-made streaks on TOUR going.
Yuta Ikeda came home in 31 (his front nine) and made a 12-footer on the last to join the weekend.