Joint overnight leader Tony Finau (4/1 – Outright Winner) says he was happy with how he wrapped up his second round at the Memorial Tournament as he aims to end his long wait for a second PGA Tour title.
Finau, whose sole success on the American circuit came at the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, held a one-shot lead after the opening 18 holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club and he managed to keep the momentum going on Friday.
The world number 19, starting his second round from the 10th, made a poor start with bogeys in two of his first three holes but he managed to battle back from then on, making birdies on the 15th, 17th, 5th, 7th and 9th holes to sign for a three-under 69.
He has now moved to -9 for the tournament at the halfway stage and the 30-year-old is joined at the top of the leaderboard by fellow American Ryan Palmer (10/1), who signed for a four-under-par 68 on Friday.
Spaniard Jon Rahm (5/2 Fav) is just one shot back on -8 after he went round in 67, while reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland, Chez Reavie and Luke List are a further two strokes behind on -6.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (22/1) endured a mixed day as he went round in a level-par 72, leaving him on -2, while Tiger Woods (300/1) only just made the cut on three-over after carding a round of 76.
The big story of the day was Bryson DeChambeau’s collapse at the par-five 15th, where he drove into a creek, hit two balls out of bounds after taking a drop, argued with two officials before then making a quintuple bogey. Safe to say, he missed the cut.
At the top end of the leaderboard, Finau was pleased with how he battled back after a poor start as he hopes to keep that kind of form going over the weekend.
“I was really happy with the finish, the way I finished,” he said. “Not the ideal start, but I knew I couldn’t look back after 12, just keep on plugging along and try to hit good shot after good shot, and was able to execute a lot better after that.”