Bill Haas holds a three-stroke lead during the weather-delayed second round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament, which was suspended by darkness last night and will resume this morning.
Defending champion Tiger Woods made a pair of late birdies to avoid missing the cut for weekend play.
Haas, a four-time U.S. tour winner, is at 9 under after a 5-under 67 yesterday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. He’s three strokes ahead of four golfers -- Americans Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley, and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.
Woods, a five-time winner of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event, is at 1 over for the tournament after a 2-over 74 yesterday. Strong wind gusts made birdies hard to come by, said Woods, who finished play two strokes inside the projected 36-hole cut line.
“Tough conditions out there and I didn’t exactly play my best either,” Woods told reporters in a televised interview after the round. “All in all it was a day I fought hard. That’s all I got. I’m not too disappointed.”
The top-ranked golfer in the world, Woods has won four times on the U.S. tour this year, including three weeks ago at the Players championship. He has missed the 36-hole cut 10 times in his career, most recently at the European PGA Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January.
Woods began play on the 10th hole yesterday. After a bogey on his fourth hole and a double bogey on the par-5 15th, where he three-putted from about five feet, dropped him to 2 over, he birdied the par-5 fifth and seventh holes to reach even par. He finished with a bogey on the par-4 ninth when his approach shot from 150 yards landed about 20 yards short of the green.
“It’s not that hard to make bogeys and doubles on this golf course,” he said. “If you missed the ball in the wrong spot, get the wrong gust, it’s tough. We had a few shots in our group that ended up in some interesting spots.”
Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan of China will miss the cut after rounds of 72 and 79 left him at 7 over par.