DeChambeau takes 1-shot lead as Woods lurks at Memorial

Kristopher Nichols
June 6, 2018

Tiger Woods ignited the galleries at the Memorial Tournament in OH on Friday with a five-under par 67 but still has a lot of work to do if he is to catch the leading pair of Joaquin Niemann and Kyle Stanley, who top the leaderboard on 11-under 133.

Woods, a five-time victor at the OH event at Muirfield Village, now sits at 11-under-par but is losing ground on Patrick Cantlay, who has taken sole possession of the lead at 17 under through seven holes.

They were two shots ahead of Byeong Hun An (67).

Wesley Bryan (68), Hideki Matsuyama (71), J.B. Holmes (66) and Bryson DeChambeau (67) are also at eight under.

But it was Woods that brought out the biggest roars at Muirfield Village Golf Club as he moved within six strokes of the lead.

Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann shared the Memorial Tournament lead as Jordan Spieth missed the cut Friday.

Woods played the last five holes of the front nine in 5 under, starting with his second eagle of the week.

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A 90-minute weather day seemed to boring his momentum as the former world number one made pars on the next three holes but he snatched his fifth birdie at 15 before giving the shot back at the 17th to finish on a combined 139.

"I know I shot 68 today, but again, that's probably the highest score I could have possibly shot", said Woods, who was five shots behind.

"I hit the ball well enough that shooting in the low 60s could have been easy if I had just putted normal", he said.

Woods is still positive about his chances at the weekend.

A dialled-in Woods then hit the flag with his tee shot on the par-three 12th, before bad weather forced players to leave the course.

"While Tiger has not had that much fun the last 10-years, and I would hate to go through what he's has been through as he's been through a lot, but he's a hard worker, he's a tough competitor and he's still driven, so that's why I would never count him out", said the 79-year-old Nicklaus.

Dustin Johnson followed up his even par on Thursday with an impressive round of six under, putting him level with Bubba Watson and Justin Rose in a share of 11th.

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