Bill Haas surges, Tiger Woods struggles at the Memorial
Bill Haas carded a 5-under 67 on Friday, earning him a three stroke lead when play was suspended at the Memorial, while Tiger Woods struggled, falling 10 shots behind Haas.
Winds up to 20 miles per hour made life tough for the field, specifically Woods. Although hitting all but one fairway, Woods finished with a 2-over 74, leaving him at 1-over through 36 holes; his worst score at this event since his first appearance in 1997.
“Tough conditions out there and I didn’t exactly play my best, either,” Woods said following his round, reports The Associated Press
Haas is at 9-under through two rounds, three shots clear of Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Kyle Stanley and Charl Schwartzel. Kuchar finished his round while Watson, Stanley and Schwartzel were still on the course when play was halted. They are a group of 42 who will finish their second rounds Saturday morning.
Woods will need a strong push over the weekend in hopes of winning the tournament for a sixth-time. But for now, the spotlight is on the 31 year old Haas, who has never finished higher than 30th at the Memorial, one of his favorite tournaments.
“Even though I’ve never really had great success here personally, I love coming back, look forward to it every year,” he said. “Hopefully I can continue on the weekend and get a better taste in my mouth on how to play it, as opposed to just liking it.”