Defending champion Jon Rahm pulled right into a tie with clubhouse chief Patrick Cantlay as darkness halted play Friday within the weather-hit US PGA Tour Memorial event.
Spain’s Rahm, the world quantity three who gained the event at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, final June, had six birdies and one bogey by 13 holes to achieve eight-under earlier than play was suspended.
Rahm launched a run of 4 straight birdies with a 21-footer at the par-three fourth. He blasted out of a greenside bunker to 9 toes to birdie the fifth and rolled in a 15-footer at the sixth.
He reached the par-five seventh in two and two-putted from 53 toes.He answered a bogey at the tenth with birdies at 11 and 13.
Cantlay, whose three US PGA Tour titles embody the 2019 Memorial, had six birdies in his five-under 67 and was within the clubhouse on eight-under 136.
They have been two strokes in entrance of Scottie Scheffler, who carded a one-under 71 for a 36-hole whole of 138.
Cantlay performed 33 holes on Friday after the event was thrown off schedule by thunderstorms on Thursday.
“I think you have to be really patient and I think you have to be aware of not falling asleep out there,” stated Cantlay, who had a 4:30 am wake-up name to return out and full a first-round 69.
“We’re out there for such a long time today that you could fall asleep at the wheel a little bit. So being cognizant of that and checking in with yourself, are you as focused as you can be, when you need to be, I think is key.”
Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz was within the clubhouse on five-under 139 after a second-round 68. Americans Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler have been all five-under on the again 9 when darkness fell.
Collin Morikawa, who was clinging to a one-stroke lead when the second spherical started, was one adrift after two birdies and a bogey by 10 holes, however he was within the water off the tee on the best way to a triple bogey six at the par-three twelfth that put him 4 adrift.
Despite his fatigue, Cantlay completed robust, nabbing birdies at his ultimate three holes, the seventh, eighth and ninth.
He had birdied his second gap of the second spherical, the eleventh, however gave a stroke again when he was unable to rise up and down kind a greenside bunker at the twelfth.
He rolled in a 17-footer for birdie at 15, and drained a 15-footer for birdie at 16 earlier than closing with birdie putts of seven, 11 and 6 toes.
“It was a pleasant surprise to birdie the last three,” stated Cantlay, including that he wasn’t bothered by the taunting chants directed at enjoying associate Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau, concerned in a one thing of a social media storm final week when video was posted of US rival Brooks Koepka rolling his eyes as DeChambeau walked behind him as he was being interviewed.
Chants of “Let’s go Brooksie” adopted DeChambeau across the course, though he stated it wasn’t the taunts however the robust circumstances at Muirfield that posed an issue throughout a second-round 72 that left him seven adrift.
“It was flattering,” DeChambeau stated. “They can keep calling me that all day if they want to, I’ve got no issue with it. Most people they think it’s a distraction, but I grew up learning how to deal with that stuff.”