Lingmerth leads Memorial as Woods barely makes cut

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David Lingmerth of Sweden waits to putt on the 18th hole during the second round of The Memorial Tournament on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in Dublin, Ohio

Sweden’s David Lingmerth fired seven birdies in a seven-under 65 to grab the halfway lead at the Memorial as five-time champion Tiger Woods scrambled to make the cut on the number.

Lingmerth’s 12-under total of 132 gave him a one-shot lead over Ohio native and Jason Dufner, who carded a 67 for 133.

Dufner, a former US PGA Championship winner, had back-to-back eagles, including a hole in one at the par-three 16th.


It was a further stroke back to England’s Andy Sullivan, whose sparkling eight-under 64 was the low round of the day. He had eight birdies to vault into a tie for third with American Ryan Moore, who signed for a 67.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, who shared the overnight lead, carded a 71 that left him sharing fifth on 135 with five other players, a group that included England’s Justin Rose and Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

Woods, meanwhile, had to sink a testing six-foot par putt at the 18th to secure his weekend spot in the field.

The 14-time major champion, who has fallen to 172nd in the world, started strong in his bid to rebound from a first-round 73 with three birdies in the first four holes.

But his erratic form off the tee caught up with him on the back nine, where two more birdies were outnumbered by three bogeys, including late stumbles at the 16th and 17th.

He signed for a two-under par 70 for a one-under total of 143— tied for 64th.

AFP

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