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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ben Curtis grew adult usually a few miles from Muirfield Village Golf Club.
He’s seen a march designed by Jack Nicklaus unclothed a fangs. But many of a time, it’s been a pliable lane when a pros come to city about a same time a open rains suffuse a course.
Maybe not this year, however.
A dry week — there are areas in a executive partial of a state that haven’t had sleet in 10 days — has helped a march play harder and faster than usual. Curtis, who grew adult in circuitously Ostrander, Ohio, thinks it could get fraudulent if, as is predicted, a rains stay divided and a object stays out via a weekend.
“Yesterday a balls were kind of attack and stopping; currently they were holding one or dual bounces before they would stop and weren’t utterly spinning behind as many with a wedges,” pronounced Curtis, who is during 4-under 140 after rounds of 69 and 71. “So, yeah, with a dry conditions and no sleet in a forecast, it’s going to be fun.”
Last summer, Nicklaus was relishing a march hosting a Presidents Cup in a autumn given there customarily is not many sleet in Ohio in a fall. But a general foe — many like a Memorial, traditionally a initial PGA Tour eventuality adult North any year — was tormented by tough rains, high winds and soothing conditions.
But this contest competence be different.
“If it does stay dry, it’s going to be a good exam over a weekend given we’re going to see a greens get a tiny fiery,” pronounced Adam Scott, tied for ninth during 5-under 139.
LATE DISAPPOINTMENT: It seemed for a brief time that Justin Rose had done a cut on a series by birdieing a final dual holes.
But he knew better.
His iron shot into a signature par-3 12th hole in Friday’s second turn of a Memorial Tournament nestled into a deep, thick weed usually over a green.
“It was one of a misfortune lies I’ve had for a while,” Rose said. “Through a immature and a intolerable lie.”
Rose, who won a Memorial 4 years ago, took a singular pitch during a turn given he feared that he competence strike it some-more than once.
“I indeed attempted it and we knew that double-hitting it was a possibility,” he said. “So we attempted to arrange of leave a bar there.”
Still, he felt a second impact on a bar after he initial struck a ball. He knew immediately that he faced, during a unequivocally least, a one-stroke penalty.
So, he told an central on a march and played on, a additional shot expected available him. He wondered if he competence have even strike a turn 3 times and was uncertain what a chastisement competence be for that doubtful possibility.
He done dual bogeys on a subsequent 4 holes though birdied a final dual holes, completing a 1-under 71 that left him during even-par 144 — on a scoreboard, during least.
“Obviously people were vehement given we got behind to even given a scoreboard hadn’t practiced for a double-hit,” he said. “I knew in my mind we was always one worse than a board, so that wasn’t a warn to me.”
Rose pronounced he couldn’t remember ever attack a turn twice with one swing.
“It’s so alien,” he said.
Amazingly, that wasn’t a usually double-hit of a day. …
BAD SPAN: Rory McIlroy’s day started out OK. His tweaked knee loosened adult after some ice and earthy therapy and he played his initial 3 holes in even par. He was transparent of a margin during a Memorial by 3 strokes on a sunny, comfortable Friday during Muirfield Village.
Then it all came acrobatics down.
“It seemed like anything that could arrange of go wrong did go wrong out there,” McIlroy said.
He held some tree branches on his second during a comparatively easy par-4 13th and a turn ricocheted roughly out of finish into an even some-more wooded area. He finished adult with a double bogey.
At 14 — that he doubled in his opening 63 — he did it again. This time his second shot finished adult in a tiny rivulet that wends a approach by a par-4 hole and he again done a 6.
The genuine quirky things happened during a 15th, a 522-yard hole that roughly everybody in a margin goes for in two. McIlroy’s shot to a immature went into a low severe left of a green. While blustering out, he had a double-hit that he immediately called on himself, ensuing in a one-shot penalty. Once again, he done double-bogey.
He went from a large lead to a tie for 20th by a initial call of players. By a finish of a day, he was …
McIlroy pronounced he had been losing tournaments with 3 or 4 bad holes in a widen until he won during Wentworth on Sunday. After his Memorial-record opening round, he had credited a low measure to avoiding any bad spell.
And afterwards came 13, 14 and 15 in a second round.
“These tiny runs I’m removing on where it gets divided from me, we was means to equivocate that final week,” he said. “Not so many this week.”
McIlroy’s 43 on a behind 9 noted a fourth uninterrupted PGA Tour eventuality — and a fifth time in his final 6 — that McIlroy had during slightest a 40 over 9 holes. All have come in a second round.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: McIlroy, articulate about his bad stretch, sounded a lot like each hacker who ever attempted to justify a high score: “Take those 3 holes out of it, afterwards it wouldn’t indeed have been that bad a day.”
GOOD RIGHT UP TO THE END: Camilo Villegas, winless on a PGA Tour given 2010 and with usually dual tip 10s in a final dual years, climbed into a lead during a Memorial Tournament early in a second round.
The 32-year-old Colombian, famous for his Cirque du Soleil-like character of suspending himself over a immature while reading putts, had 6 birdies in an eight-hole camber to get to 7-under. But he had problems on a final dual holes to tighten out a 68 that left him during 4-under 140.
“At 17 we had a good shot, a good second shot, and usually had a unequivocally bad distortion there usually to a right of a green. we done spook there,” he said.
On a shutting hole, his second shot landed in low severe right of a immature and he had to flesh it out, a turn drifting over a immature and opposite a transport path. From there, his chip down a sharp immature ran 52 feet past a pin — and he done a comebacker for another bogey.
“I done a unequivocally stupid mistake on 18. we finished adult creation a outrageous putt for bogey,” he said. “Sometimes you’ve got to take those bogeys.”
Villegas had missed a cut in this final 4 tournaments on American dirt and hasn’t gotten inside a tip 20 of a debate eventuality all year.
SO FAR, SO GOOD: Phil Mickelson pronounced his categorical thought this week during a Memorial was to feel good about his diversion streamer into a U.S. Open in dual weeks during Pinehurst.
He didn’t accommodate that design with a late tumble in a initial turn — going from 5-under to even over a final 3 holes — though still likes where his diversion is after 36 holes.
“My diversion is feeling good,” he pronounced after a second-round 70. “I usually have some challenges. And I’m blissful I’m personification this weekend. It will give me dual some-more rounds on a good golf march to see if we can have something to build on.”
Mickelson isn’t usually operative on a technical side of his game. He’s also perplexing to get behind into a pitch mentally.
This hasn’t been a selected year on a course. He missed a cut during a Masters and Players and doesn’t have a top-10 finish in 12 starts.
“Baby stairs here. I’ve had a tiny severe go,” he said. “Although my diversion feels good, we still have some hurdles mentally — (like) finishing a turn yesterday, that’s a good instance right there.
“If we finish that turn off, I’m adult there in a tip dual or three. So it’s tiny things like that that are creation a large disproportion between where I’m at, in 30th or so, and a tip 5.”
GOING STREAKING: If we don’t know Brendon Todd, we substantially should. You haven’t listened a final of him.
Todd is a 28-year-old Georgia grad who stole a few headlines a few weeks behind when he won a Byron Nelson. He tied for sixth during a Texas Open before that and afterwards in his many new start he tied for fifth during a Colonial.
“When I’ve played well, I’ve played unequivocally well,” he said. When I’ve played bad, I’ve played unequivocally bad for a prolonged time. So we would contend I’m unequivocally a actor who gets on runs, good and bad.”
Right now he’s on a good run. He’s damaged standard in his final 10 rounds, including both during a Memorial Tournament. He non-stop with a 71, vouchsafing a improved turn outing divided when he bogeyed dual of a final 3 holes. In a second turn he shot a 68 to mount during 5-under 139 — in his initial outing ever to a Memorial Tournament.
He’s had bad spells, too, forsaken down to a Web.com debate in 2008 and again in 2011 when he wasn’t prepared to make a class on a PGA Tour. Now he’s climbed to No. 57 in a world, is in a tip 10 in FedEx Cup points and is feeling good about himself and where he’s going.
“Last weekend we was many some-more loose during Colonial on a weekend,” he said. “This weekend is a same approach for me. we have a possibility to go out there and usually unequivocally try to put adult low numbers.”
HELPFUL TRIP: Several of a stars from a Presidents Cup are behind for a Memorial.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama pronounced a knowledge from final tumble has paid outrageous dividends.
“It gave me an thought of what a march is like and helped me to (read a greens),” he said. “So that was unequivocally a and for me.”
Matsuyama has put adult rounds of 70 and 67 and is alone in fifth, 5 shots behind personality Paul Casey.
DIVOTS: Stuart Appleby withdrew after an opening 77. … McIlroy’s second-round measure (78) was 15 shots worse than his opening 63, a biggest disproportion between rounds. The biggest alleviation was by Richard H. Lee, who followed a 76 with a 68. … A sum of 76 players done a cut of even-par 144. Among those blank a cut were final year’s runner-up, Kevin Chappell, Rickie Fowler and past champions Carl Pettersson, Rose and Vijay Singh.
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