Stanley shot a 6-under-par 66 and is tied with 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile after two rounds at Muirfield Village in Ohio.
DUBLIN, Ohio – Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor shot a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to share the lead halfway through the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
Stanley was at 11-under 133, as was 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann of Chile (68). Byeong Hun An (67) was third at 9 under.
The 30-year-old Stanley, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, is fourth in the strokes-gained/approach-the-green category this week.
“Driving the ball, I would say it’s a strength of my game and I feel like a course like this kind of caters to a guy that’s hitting a lot of fairways,” Stanley was quoted as saying on GolfDigest.com. “The rough’s really thick and pretty high and every time I’ve been in it this week, three or four times we pretty much just had to pitch out. So I think the key is just hit a lot of fairways and try to hit your second shots out of the fairway.”
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Stanley is 102nd in strokes gained/putting this season, but is 10th in that category at the Memorial.
“On the greens, I’ve been a little streaky, so we made a few adjustments coming into this week, just mostly kind of how I’m reading the greens,” Stanley said. “I haven’t looked at a greens book this week, which is something I’ve been doing pretty much on every putt this whole year. We’re just going to continue to work on my putting and maybe change a few things up . . .”
Tiger Woods (67) was tied for 24th at 5 under. He holed a 97-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the par-5 11th hole. After a weather delay of about 90 minutes, Woods missed four putts of 7 feet or shorter.
“It could have been easily a nice little 62 or 63,” Woods said. “I turned it into a 67.”
Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup was tied for 35th place at 4 under.
Smith is up by 4
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Australian Sarah Jane Smith outpaced thunderstorms and the rest of the field at the U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek.
Smith shot her second straight 5-under 67 and leads by four strokes. She finished her round before a 2-hour, 49-minute delay caused by thunderstorms, weather that forced play to be halted before the end of the second round, which will be completed Saturday.
Smith is at 10-under 134 heading into the weekend. Su Oh (68) and Ariya Jutanugarn (10 holes remaining in her second round) were at 6 under.
Smith failed to make the cut in five of her previous six U.S. Women’s Open tries.
“I hope to show up like it’s another day,” Smith said.
• Brittany Lincicome, an eight-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has been asked to play in the Barbasol Championship, a PGA Tour event that starts July 19 in Kentucky.
Other female pros who have played in a PGA Tour tournament include Michelle Wie, Babe Zaharias, Annika Sorenstam and Suzy Whaley.