Tiger Woods got a late start in the second round of the Memorial Tournament after a heavy rainstorm, but he’s on fire today in Ohio.Tiger birdied his first hole of the day and then drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 4th hole. He made another birdie on No. 6 to tie for the lead with Spencer Levin and Scott Stallings at 5-under. He gave back two shots when he double-bogeyed the 12th, but is still amongst the leaders.
The Memorial, of course, is Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, who Tiger is chasing for the all-time majors record.
Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, shot a 79 in the first round and withdrew from the tournament, citing “mental fatigue”.
World No. 1 Luke Donald is at 1-under, and American Rickie Fowler moved to 2-under.
Rory McIlroy is in danger of missing yet another cut. On No. 11, a par-5 with a lateral water hazard guarding the length of the fairway, Rory hit his second shot on the bank of a creek.
When he tried to advance the ball, he flubbed the shot backwards into the water. McIlroy escaped the hole with an ugly seven, which has him sitting right on the cut line at 3-over.
Though Tiger has been playing some of his best golf of the year, he’s still shown a few rough edges.
At No. 11, Tiger played it safe and played for a birdie rather than eagle, and left himself a 5-foot birdie putt. The birdie would have given Woods the outright lead, but he missed it left.
At No. 12, a par-3 guarded by water to the front of the green, Tiger blasted an iron into the crowd of fans. He then tried to hit a flop shot on to the green, but missed badly and landed the ball in the rough just a few feet in front of his original ball.
Tiger would make double-bogey on the hole and drop to 3-under.
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