DUBLIN, OHIO – Hideki Matsuyama surrendered his share of the lead and fell three shots behind the pace after carding a 1-under-par 71 in Friday’s second round of the Memorial.
The world No. 10 started the round in a three-way tie at 7-under, but dropped to fourth after shooting four birdies and three bogeys. He has an 8-under 136 total at Muirfield Village Golf Club, while American Kyle Stanley and 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile stood atop the leaderboard with an 11-under total.
“It feels good to be in a position like this,” said Matsuyama, the 2014 Memorial winner. “I don’t have much to complain about my shots, but I started to have a bit of discomfort with my putts. I think I can play more smoothly if I can get rid of that discomfort.”
Matsuyama and four others are one shot behind South Korean An Byeong-hun, who improved to third place after carding five birdies on Friday.
Tiger Woods had a brilliant eagle on the par-5 11th. His wedge shot from 97 yards out hit past the hole before spinning back and rolling in.
Woods carded a 67 for the day, but it should have been better.
“I missed a lot of short putts, which is, you know, something I don’t normally do, which is just frustrating,” he said.
Woods was at 5-under, six shots behind the leaders.