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Jun 7, 2024 6:20 pm

Scottie Scheffler shoots 68 to take control at Memorial

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Scottie Scheffler eagled the 15th hole and birdied the last to build a three-shot lead at the Memorial Tournament on Friday in Dublin, Ohio.

The World No. 1 is back atop a PGA Tour leaderboard, seeking his fifth win of the season. In his past seven starts dating to March, he’s won four tournaments and tied for second twice.

Scheffler’s 4-under 68 was the second-best round of the day as Muirfield Village Golf Club played tougher in the second round than the first. At 9-under 135 through two days, Scheffler has a healthy advantage over Norway’s Viktor Hovland (69 Friday) and Canada’s Adam Hadwin (72) back at 6 under.

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout posted the round of the day early on Friday, a 5-under 67, to jump up the leaderboard. He is tied for fourth at 5 under with Keegan Bradley (69).

Scheffler started the day one shot off Hadwin’s pace and made three birdies on the front nine to climb to 8 under, alone in the lead. A few poor shots at the par-5 11th led to a bogey, which he duplicated two holes later after a bad drive and an even worse approach.

But it was all smiles at the par-5 15th, where his second shot rolled up to about 9 feet from the pin to set him up for eagle. Despite missing the fairway at the par-4 18th, Scheffler went from bunker to green and sank a 12-foot, right-to-left birdie putt.

Though the Memorial is a $20 million signature event, its status as a player-hosted invitational means that it retains a 36-hole cut to the top 50 players plus ties. Jack Nicklaus’ event will not see the likes of Jordan Spieth (5 over), Wyndham Clark (5 over), Patrick Cantlay (7 over), Englishman Justin Rose (9 over) or Rickie Fowler (14 over, last place) on the weekend.

–Field Level Media

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