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Scottie Scheffler takes three-shot lead heading into weekend at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) — At the halfway mark of the Memorial Tournament, Scottie Scheffler stormed to the top of the leaderboard, taking a three-shot lead over the rest of the field. The World No. 1 golfer shot a second round 68, including an eagle on 15 and a birdie on 18, to go 9-under overall.

“I feel like what I love about this game is how difficult it is. I love coming out here and competing against the best players in the world on the best golf courses, and this is obviously a pretty challenging track,” Scheffler said. “I really just love competing out here, and I don’t really think about whether or not it’s easy or hard, and some days I play good and some days I don’t, and outside of that, I’m just out here trying to compete.”

Adam Hadwin in contention at the Memorial seeking first PGA Tour win since 2017

Canadian Adam Hadwin and defending champion Viktor Hovland are tied for second at 6-under. South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout and American Keegan Bradley share fourth place at 5-under. Swedish golfer Ludvig Aberg is in sixth, followed by Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Akshay Bhatia, who are all tied for seventh.

The gusty winds made conditions difficult for players throughout the day on Friday at Muirfield.

“Yeah really tricky,” McIlroy said. “This course is penal enough anyway, just, if you miss it in the wrong spots. Thankfully with the rain on Wednesday the course is still pretty receptive. You get this wind and if it was as fiery as it has been in previous years it would be treacherous, but it’s still, the ball’s holding on the greens and on the fairways and you still have opportunities to make birdie. Anything under par I think is a good score, but, yeah, very hard to go low.”

The cut line was set at 4-over as the top 50 and ties advanced to the remainder of the tournament. While Australian golfer and central Ohio resident Jason Day made the cut at 4-over, others including Jordan Spieth, Wyndham Clark and Rickie Fowler did not.

See below for updates from the second round as it unfolded.

7:38 p.m.: Players that did not make the cut

The cutline was set at 4-over as the top 50 and ties made the final two rounds of the Memorial Tournament. While the likes of Jason Day, Justin Thomas and amateur Jackson Koivun made the cut, several notable names didn’t.

The following will not play any further at the Memorial nor take home any prize money: Chris Gotterup, Mackenzie Hughes, Jordan Spieth, Wyndham Clark, Ben Griffin, Stephan Jaeger, Brandt Snedeker, Jake Knapp, Brendon Todd, Harris English, Davis Riley, Patrick Cantlay, Chris Kirk, Lucas Glover, Matthieu Pavon, Justin Rose, Adam Schenk, Taylor Moore, Kurt Kitayama, Patrick Rodgers and Rickie Fowler.

6:01 p.m.: Scheffler takes three shot lead after second round

Despite two bogeys on the back nine, Scottie Scheffler landed an eagle on 15 and birdied the final hole to take a three shot lead over defending champion Viktor Hovland and Canadian Adam Hadwin, who are both tied for second at 6-under.

The cut line for the weekend was at 4-over as the top 50 and ties advance to the final two rounds. While Justin Thomas and central Ohio resident Jason Day made the cut, some notable names did not, including Jordan Spieth, Wyndham Clark, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

5:03 p.m.: Schauffele excites the crowd with shot at 14

Xander Schauffele watches his shot from the rough on the 14th green during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, June 7, 2024, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Xander Schauffele watches his shot from the rough on the 14th green during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, June 7, 2024, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

PGA Championship winner Xander Schauffele began to slip away from the top of the leaderboard as he played his second round. After bogeys on holes 3 and 10, Schauffele has rallied back with back-to-back birdies on the back nine, including a thrilling shot from the bunker on 14.

Schauffele chipped in a birdie on his third shot, leading to a roar from the crowd that could be heard around the grounds at Muirfield Village. The shot moved him into third on the leaderboard, tied with South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 5-under.

3:50 p.m.: Jason Day in danger of missing the cut

DUBLIN, OHIO – JUNE 07: Jason Day of <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/teams/australia-women/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Australia;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Australia</a> plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 07, 2024 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Australian golfer and Central Ohio resident Jason Day is in danger of missing the weekend at Muirfield after a tough second round outing. Day had five bogeys, including three on the back nine, finishing the round at 3-over. He currently sits at 4-over overall and in a tie for 46th place. The top 50 and ties make the cut, as well as any player within ten shots of the lead.

“It was a tough day out there today. I just haven’t been happy with my iron play as of late. It’s frustrating because I feel like I’m giving myself opportunities on the fairways, and then I just hit some poor iron shots,” Day said. “It’s a little stressful, frustrating when you just don’t have the, your best stuff, especially coming into the greens. Because this is a second shot golf course and when you’re not hitting good second shots it’s hard.”

3:40 p.m.: Scheffler takes the lead

Scottie Scheffler made three birdies on the front nine and as the world’s top golfer gets set to make the turn at Muirfield, he’s got sole possession of the lead at 8-under thru nine holes, two shots over the rest of the field.

DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 07: Adam Hadwin lines up his putt on the green of hole two during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday on June 7, 2024 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 07: Adam Hadwin lines up his putt on the green of hole two during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday on June 7, 2024 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Adam Hadwin is happy to be playing the weekend at the Memorial after missing the cut a year ago. The Canadian is seeking his first win on the PGA Tour since 2017.

“A pretty solid round of golf in tricky conditions, especially in a position for me that I haven’t been in in awhile and staring at leaderboards all day with my name on the top,” Hadwin said.

12:33 p.m.: Bezuidenhout skyrockets to the Top 5

South African golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout made a 24-spot jump to second with a 5-under round of 67 on Friday. Four birdies on the front nine and two more on the back nine have the three-time European Tour winner in contention, tied with Scheffler, who has yet to begin his second round.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is in the clubhouse and still in the lead at 6-under, one shot ahead of the rest of the field.

10:44 a.m.: First round leader Adam Hadwin out on the course

Canadian Adam Hadwin has extended his lead to two shots after three birdies against two bogeys on the front nine. He’s now at 7-under, two shots ahead of American Scottie Scheffler, who tees off later this afternoon at 1:40 p.m.

Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy and Collin Morikawa are also out on the course playing their second rounds and are all tied at sixth with 3-under par overall.

Leaderboard after the second round

  • 1st: Scottie Scheffler (-9)

  • Tied-2nd: Adam Hadwin (-6)

  • Tied-2nd: Viktor Hovland (-6)

  • Tied-4th: Christiaan Bezuidenhout (-5)

  • Tied-4th: Keegan Bradley (-5)

Pairings and tee times for the third round

  • 9:20 a.m. – Andrew Putnam and Cameron Young

  • 9:30 a.m. – Jackson Koivun (a) and Emiliano Grillo

  • 9:40 a.m. – Jason Day and Justin Thomas

  • 9:50 a.m. – Austin Eckroat and Thomas Detry

  • 10:00 a.m. – Sungjae Im and Shane Lowry

  • 10:10 a.m. – Denny McCarthy and Tom Hoge

  • 10:20 a.m. – Davis Thompson and Matt Kuchar

  • 10:30 a.m. – Nick Taylor and Brian Harman

  • 10:45 a.m. – Cam Davis and Sam Burns

  • 10:55 a.m. – Tom Kim and Adam Svensson

  • 11:05 a.m. – Peter Malnati and Eric Cole

  • 11:15 a.m. – Victor Perez and Taylor Pendrith

  • 11:25 a.m. – Byeong Hun An and Will Zalatoris

  • 11:35 a.m. – Corey Conners and Max Homa

  • 11:45 a.m. – Lee Hodges and J.T. Poston

  • 12:00 p.m. – Sahith Theegala and Russell Henley

  • 12:10 p.m. – Billy Horschel and Alex Noren

  • 12:20 p.m. – Nick Dunlap and Matt Fitzpatrick

  • 12:30 p.m. – Seamus Power and Hideko Matsuyama

  • 12:40 p.m. – Collin Morikawa and Si Woo Kim

  • 12:50 p.m. – Tommy Fleetwood and Sepp Straka

  • 1:05 p.m. – Xander Schauffele and Akshay Bhatia

  • 1:15 p.m. – Tony Finau and Rory McIlroy

  • 1:25 p.m. – Keegan Bradley and Ludvig Aberg

  • 1:35 p.m. – Viktor Hovland and Christiaan Bezuidenhout

  • 1:45 p.m. – Scottie Scheffler and Adam Hadwin

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