Inclement weather delayed action from Day 2 at the Memorial Tournament, but that didn't keep the world's most notable golfers from shifting all over the place on Friday.
All of the stars are out at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and more. But some are still very much in the thick of things while others have begun playing their way out of contention.
It's Bill Haas who has blistered past the competition and gained a three-stroke advantage at this point, but it's far from over with many elite golfers right behind him.
Here's a look at the top golfers at the Memorial this weekend and where they stand after some exciting Day 2 action.
|Pos||Player||Rd 1||Rd 2 |
|T2||Charl Schwartzel ||65||(15)||-6|
For the full leaderboard at Memorial, check out the official PGA Tour website.
Tiger Woods: 74 on Friday, 1-Over for Tournament
Tiger Woods had a historically bad round Friday at Memorial. But "historically bad" for Woods doesn't exactly mean a terrible round of golf.
Woods was right in the thick of things after opening-round action on Thursday, but after a 74 on Friday, he finds himself way out of contention as he's tied for 46th heading into the weekend. Justin Ray of ESPN pointed out just how poorly Woods' round on Friday compares to his past performances.
Tiger Woods shoots 74 today. It ties his worst score on @PGATOUR this year & is his worst here since 2003 (3rd Rd, 76).— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) May 31, 2013
Despite the struggles, though, Woods was still effective in hitting fairways. He hit 13 of 14 according to Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker, compared to just 11 on Day 1.
Tiger's Day 2 line: 13/14 fairways hit, 10/18 GIR, 30 putts.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) May 31, 2013
Tiger showed glimpses of solid play throughout his round Friday, but it's not the type of golf we've grown accustomed to this season from the world's top-ranked golfer.
It will take a huge—and I mean, huge—turnaround for Tiger and the field if he's going to win his fifth PGA Tour event of the year.
Rory McIlroy: 4-Under on Friday (Thru 14), 2-Over for Tournament
Rory McIlroy's recent struggles seemed to show early on in the tournament, as he posted a 78 on Thursday. But it was a much more productive day for the Northern Irish star on Friday.
McIlroy's day was cut short due to the weather, but not before he picked up five birdies and just one bogey to sit at four-under for the day. That doesn't do enough to erase his issues from Thursday however, as he still sits at two-over for the tournament.
There wasn't much of a silver lining in McIlroy's game after Thursday, but Friday offers much more hope for him as he looked like one of the best golfers on the course in Day 2.
It was almost a certainty for McIlroy to miss the cut after Day 1, so just the fact that he's sticking around for the weekend should be enough reason to feel good about Friday's performance.
Bubba Watson: 5-Under on Friday (Thru 14), 6-Under for Tournament
The 34-year-old finished on the 14th hole Friday alongside McIlroy, and just like his counterpart, he notched a dominating round before the weather had other ideas.
Watson rallied off six birdies in his second-round play, using that powerful driving ability to his advantage and keeping control over his accuracy in a way that we haven't seen much since his 2012 Masters victory.
He's rarely been in top form since that moment, so it can only help that Watson got back to his bread and butter on Friday. His supporters can only hope that he remains in contention and near the top of the leaderboard.
Nobody is going into the weekend with more momentum than Bubba, as he's tied for second after Day 2.
Ernie Els: 3-Under on Friday (Thru 15), 2-Under for Tournament
It's always a great sight to see when Ernie Els is playing great golf, and that's just what spectators saw at Muirfield on Friday as Els showcased his supreme control over the course.
After posting an opening-round 73, Els cleaned up his game tremendously on Friday. After bogeying three times on the front-nine Thursday, he picked up par on each of the first nine holes Friday.
It was after the halfway point that Els went on a tear, posting four birdies in between one bogey before finishing the rain-shortened day with a birdie on 15.
It's too early to assume that "The Big Easy" is channeling his 2012 British Open performance, but you can never count Els out when he enters the weekend in contention.