Golf: Haas rolls while Woods struggles at Memorial
Dublin, Ohio • Bill Haas played the best golf in the toughest conditions Friday in the rain-delayed Memorial.
When the second round was suspended as dark clouds rolled in and forced the third stoppage in play, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were close to each other on the leaderboard, even if they were miles away from Haas, who had a 5-under 67.
That didn't bode well for Woods, the five-time Memorial winner who had a most peculiar round in wind and on fast greens. He three-putted from 5 feet for double bogey on the par-5 15th, chopped up the final hole for a bogey and wound up with a 74.
"Tough conditions out there, and I didn't exactly play my best, either," said Woods, who had his worst 36-hole total (145) at the Memorial since he first played it in 1997.
McIlroy was in danger of missing the cut until he fired off five birdies, looking more comfortable with his putts and attacking with his driver. He was 4 under for his round and one shot inside the cut line and one shot behind Woods. McIlroy was in a greenside bunker in two shots at the par-5 15th when play was stopped.
"The major goal today was to try to make it into the weekend," McIlroy said. "I'm on the right track to do that."
Three-time NCAA player of the year Amanda Blumenherst and LPGA rookie leader Moriya Jutanugarn shot 5-under 66 to top the leaderboard in the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J., a stroke ahead of defending champion Stacy Lewis.
Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf, Dan Forsman and Scott Hoch shot 3-under 69 on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hale Irwin, who turns 68 on Monday, topped a group of eight at 70.
Bill Haas -9
Matt Kuchar -6
Robert Karlsson -4
Pat Perez -3
Hunter Mahan -3
Matt Jones -3
Tiger Woods +1
Note • Play suspended due to dangerous weather with 42 players on the course.