Schwartzel Leads Memorial as Defending Champ Woods Tied for 27th

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel has a one-stroke lead going into the second round, while defending champion Tiger Woods is tied for 27th at the PGA’s Memorial Tournament.

Schwartzel finished yesterday’s opening round with a 7-under 65 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

“The birdie on the last definitely will make my evening a lot better,” Schwartzel said after yesterday’s round. “I felt like I played really well, just kept making -- 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.”

Scott Piercy holds second place with a 6-under 66, while Josh Teater, Russell Henley, Kyle Stanley and Charlie Wi are tied for third after carding 5-under 67s.

“I’ll take 66 all the time,” Piercy said. “It’s just learning how to play golf courses. I can hit it over almost all the corners here, but I have to hit a perfect golf shot and if I don’t, I’m not in a very good spot.”

Woods, the top-ranked golfer in the world, bogeyed his final hole to end the first round at 1-under 71. He is among 14 golfers tied for 27th.

Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan of China carded an even-par 72 in the first round. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, ranked second in the world, had a 6-over 78 for the fifth-highest round of his career.

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