Fast start has Day leading Aussie assault in Memorial

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2018

Rose, fresh off his convincing triumph at Colonial, mixed three bogeys with four birdies while Dufner, winless since his fifth PGA Tour victory a year ago at Muirfield, was undone by a four-hole stretch on his back nine that included three bogeys.

Matsuyama hasn't had a top 10 since the Sentry Tournament of Champions to start the year (tie for fourth), and he has been struggling with a left thumb injury.

Day sits four shots ahead of fellow Australians Adam Scott and Cameron Davis, who along with Tiger Woods (all 72) sit at even par. So the last couple of months have been trying. But last year's Memorial was the first time he played in the event.

"Not very good", Woods said.

"I have days like that, " he said. That was incredible and I just I can't imagine, it was like Deja Vu walking the fairways, watching from outside and now playing.

"I wasn't rotating very well today, back was tight, and just it is what it is some days", said Woods, who only returned to the Tour in January after undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

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Woods spent Monday at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, preparing for the U.S. Open in two weeks. Justin Thomas is making his debut at No. 1 in the world, an achievement that doesn't come with a trophy but one that meant enough to him that he stayed up later than usual when he got home after The Players Championship to see the world ranking page with his name at the top. He took a screen shot. I think he's playing well, I think he loves the golf course; he's always played well here and he remembers what he's done here.

Nicklaus was around the first and 10th tee boxes during the pro-am to greet them all, a list that includes Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

Woods, who began on the back nine, bogeyed the par-five 11th after his third shot found water, made double-bogey at 15 after his drive went out of bounds and followed up with a bogey at 16 after missing a seven-foot putt.

Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger Woods hit their stride at the end of their rounds at the Memorial, and it paid off in different ways. McIlroy started this year with good chances at Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and then he broke through at Bay Hill.

In his first round at the the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, Kevin Na hit 11 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 6 over for the tournament. "And then with that, experience will do great things for you going forward". "We played really well and got the ball in play a lot which you have to do around here". The idea this week is to get in range.

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