Three straight MC's for McIlroy? It's true (Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE)

Memorial News and Notes: Weather, Woods and Watson

Being an Ohio resident, I’ve always heard and told the following: “Don’t like the weather? Wait a few minutes and it will change.” It was longer than a few minutes on Friday (an hour and 45 minutes to be exact) for the weather to change in Dublin, Ohio, but once the weather delay was over, business at Muirfield Village began to pick up.

Woods started fast but slowed after the 6th hole. (Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE)

Most notably, Tiger Woods. At the beginning of his round was anyway. Tiger began the day at T11 with a score of 2-under-par. After his first six holes, he found himself tied for the lead at 5-under. Then, the train lost a little steam. He would be unable to make up any more strokes on his round.

The first two in the clubhouse at that 5-under score were Scott Stallings and Spencer Levin. Levin shot an ever par 72 while Stallings was at a 1-over 73. Woods is still in a three-way for second with Stallings and Levin.

Your leader…Rory Sabbatini at 6-under-par. After playing the front nine at even par (two birdies and two bogeys), Sabbatini took advantage of the back nine where he posted a 3-under 33 with no bogeys. It would be the second straight round of 69 for the South African. Sabbatini’s last PGA TOUR win came last year at the Honda Classic.

After rains, you had the proverbial double-edged sword: the course would play longer, but there might be a few pins in which you could be a little more aggressive in approaching. Some took advantage as 23 players shot under par. Contrast that to the 34 that shot under par in the first round.

Who took the biggest advantage? Lucas Glover and Henrik Stenson each posted 4-under 68’s. They were the big movers of the day moving up 58 spots. Joining that duo in carding a 68 was Jim Furyk who climbed 30 spots. Furyk sits at 4-under-par, two shots back of Sabbatini. Daniel Summerhays is also at 4-under.

Maybe the bigger news of the day was that Masters champ Bubba Watson failed to make the cut. Not on the stage that yesterday brought when Phil Mickelson withdrew from the tournament. We shouldn’t be so surprised how limited Watson’s play has been since taking his first major. With all else that is currently happening in his life, we can all give him a pass, right?

Or was the bigger news that Rory McIlroy would miss yet another cut? That makes three consecutive cuts Rors has missed. The chatter may soon emerge. It has been somewhat quelled over the past couple of weeks. Some have been reluctant to “bad mouth” McIlroy’s game, or lack thereof as it has been over the past month.

Other notables missing the cut were Nick Watney and Bill Haas (+4), Watson and Ben Curtis (+5), McIlroy, Jason Day and Keegan Bradley (+6), Webb Simpson (+9), and Louis Oosthuizen (+11).

With McIlroy missing the cut, Luke Donald now has a firmer grasp of #1 on the OWGR.

Back to the weather. Due to the delay, there was a question if there would be enough sunlight for all the players to finish their rounds. All players managed to get their second round in so no one has to be at the course at 7 AM in order finish play.

Third round coverage will begin on CBS at 3 PM ET tomorrow. Get on your computer at 11 AM ET for LIVE@ and their coverage.

Tags: Bubba Watson Golf Luke Donald PGA Rory McIlroy Rory Sabbatini The Memorial Tiger Woods

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