Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Tiger on the move as rain delays Memorial Tournament

Tiger on the move as rain delays Memorial Tournament

Woods missed a short birdie putt on the 14th and had three-putt bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes to finish in a tie for seventh at 9-under along with Whee Kim of South Korea (a 67 on Saturday), J.B. Holmes (71) and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (71).

The story of the tournament continues to be the play of Niemann, a former top-ranked amateur who is the youngest player in the field at 19 and playing in just his fifth professional event.

With the course soft and vulnerable to low scores, it was tough to leave shots on the course.

Former world No.1 Day posted a four-under-par 68 to climb to eight under and he sits two shots back of the lead, held by American Kyle Stanley.

Jason Day has maintained his place high on the leaderboard while Tiger Woods is mounting a vintage charge midway through a weather-interrupted second day at the Memorial tournament in Ohio. He was six behind.

Woods led the field at Muirfield Village in strokes gained tee-to-green. He mixed a birdie and a bogey in the rest of the way while missing two more makeable putts, settling for a 5-under 67 that moved him up 23 spots and into a tie for 24th. "But I hit it really good this week, so that's a positive going into Shinnecock, where ballstriking is going to be a must". He has made it through the 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier each of the last three years, all in the Columbus area.

"I recall in the '86 Masters I hadn't won for a couple of years and I got to the last round, and I got into the back nine after struggling on the front nine but then I made a putt on nine and I finally remembered how to play".

Bubba Watson was rankled at caddy Ted Scott after his first shot on the par-5 5th hole. But I'm a different player over the last year, so I just went out with a game plan of fairways, greens and it's been working kind of all year.


Woods was second to last in the key putting statistic among the 73 players who went all four rounds. That's just human nature but when you have a guy as good as Tiger is and as competitive as he is, he'll break through that barrier and I would not be surprised to see Tiger win this week.

Getting off to a good start on an early tee time has its advantages.

"It's weird to say but this is my first (weather) delay this year and coming back to competition and I was a little bit anxious how my back would feel, and I was hoping the delay wouldn't be that long". "But it's nice to have played well enough to make the cut, be able to play the weekend, keep working on my game and hopefully get sharper and sharper".

Rory McIlroy made bogeys on both par 5s on the front nine as he tried to finish strong. He played bogey-free for a 64 and wound up just six shots behind.

Woods took to the practice green shortly after his round.

The noise was so loud many of Woods fellow competitors, including World No 1 Justin Thomas, simply stopped play.

He missed birdie chances of 6 feet, 4 feet and 7 feet, and then missed from 3 feet for par on the 17th that left him exasperated.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Sarah Jane Smith extended her lead at the U.S. Women's Open to four strokes after a second straight 5-under 67 Friday at Shoal Creek.

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