Spieth Right Back In The Mix At Memorial

Jordan Spieth tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday

Dufner holed out from 176 yards on the 18th hole for an eagle, and then added three more birdies on the front nine at Muirfield Village for another 7-under 65, giving him the 36-hole scoring record at the Memorial and a five-shot lead going into the weekend. But the Auburn alum stumbled early on Saturday, dropping four shots on his first five holes. And he didn't make a single birdie in his round of 78. More than his solid round was Dufner's collapse.

Chief among them is Watson, who turned up the intensity after making the turn for the back nine.

But he has not yet missed a putt from inside 10 feet, a feat he credits to recent work with a putting training device.

"Today was pretty pathetic on all accounts, so have to play better tomorrow", he said.

At least he's still in the game, and he has company. That put him in the final group with Summerhays as Kuchar tries to end three years and 82 starts without a victory on the PGA Tour. And sometimes we think the fit is good, and we look like a goat.

He finished with four birdies on his last five holes Thursday.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson signed for a 68 and headed a group on 207 that also included Justin Thomas and Dufner - whose dismal round included a double bogey seven at the par-five 11th and a bogey at the 18th, where the 2013 PGA Championship victor was in the water off the tee.

"A lot of times I feel you get out there and you get close to the lead or whatever, you kind of turn in, you're kind of trying to hold on to whatever you can get at the moment".

Birdies in three of his final five holes saw Dufner move to 14 under and beat the previous halfway best at the tournament by a shot.


Lowry shot 68 and Harrington carded 71 in round two at Muirfield Village to enter the weekend on four-under par, and two-under par respectively.

Dufner, who grew up in northern OH, missed the cut the first two times he played Muirfield Village.

Dufner, 40, has won just four times on Tour, but he is a Major champion courtesy of the US PGA crown he earned in 2013. Another dry day, and anything can happen. The 33-year-old from Utah is in his seventh year.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Anna Nordqvist knows how to get around Stockton Seaview - and likes the view from atop the ShopRite LPGA Classic leaderboard.

Phil Mickelson, playing the second of four straight weeks through the U.S. Open, had a relatively calm day in his round of 70. I made some nice pars and rolled in some putts. Kim won the Reignwood LPGA Classic late previous year in China for her fourth tour title.

Moriya Jutanugarn and Lee each shot 70.

Johnson was the biggest name to miss the cut, joined by rising Spanish talent Jon Rahm, who bowed out early for just the second time since turning pro previous year. He started his back nine birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie. He leads the field in strokes gained on approach shots.

Italy's Renato Paratore (72) was second, and France's Benjamin Hebert (71) and Englishmen Graeme Storm (68) and Max Orrin (73) followed at 5 under.

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