Tiger well placed at the Memorial

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Updated: June 2, 2012

 

Rory Sabbatini posted a second straight 69 on Friday to seize the halfway lead at The Memorial, with 14-time major champion Tiger Woods leading a group just one shot adrift.

Sabbatini had a 36-hole total of 139 on the rain-sodden par-72 Muirfield Village course.

Woods, a four-time winner of the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, carded a 69 and was tied for second on 139 with Spencer Levin (72) and first-round leader Scott Stallings (73).

A victory come Sunday for Woods would be significant. It would tie him with tournament host Nicklaus for second on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 73.

Northern Ireland’s world No 2, who defends his US Open title in a fortnight, carded a seven-over par 79 and missed the cut – his third early exit in as many starts.

McIlroy wasn’t the only marquee name to miss the cut. Bubba Watson, winner of the Masters in April, and PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, also exited early.

On the European Tour Ross Fisher shot a 5 under 66 to take the second round lead by 2 shots at Celtic Manor