How it Happened: Haas leads, McIlroy makes Memorial cut

Tiger Woods during the second round of the 2013 Memorial at Muirfield Village.

Tiger Woods during the second round of the 2013 Memorial at Muirfield Village.

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As second-round play concluded Saturday at the Memorial, Bill Haas' mark of 9 under stood up to a charge from first-round leader Charl Schwartzel – and Rory McIlroy squeezed past the cut line, while Vijay Singh was on the other side.

Schwartzel resumed play Saturday 1 over for his round and three shots back of Haas. Birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 pulled him within a stroke of the lead with a 1-under 71.

Kyle Stanley ended the round alone in third, adding a birdie late for a 70 that moved him to 7 under. Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson held steady at 6 under to finish their rounds.

Rory McIlroy, coming off a first-round 78, had a rough Saturday morning with two bogeys that pushed him to 3 over with a 69 – at 3 over, he made the cut with no room to spare. Vijay Singh's morning 74, his second straight, left him out of weekend play along with notables including Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker.

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Friday, Tiger Woods got a morning tee time and a chance to set a low number for others to chase after a disappointing 71 to open the Memorial. However, he faltered with a 74 that dropped him to 1 over and dangerously close to the projected cut line as his round ended. While he succeeded off the tee, the rest of his game was riddled with costly mistakes and troubling inconsistency. He cited windy conditions amid his struggles.

"With a couple holes left, I felt like I had a good chance to at least get to even par for my round," Woods said. "And I caught a huge gust on the last hole and barely got over the water, making bogey. All in all it was a day i fought hard, and that's all I've got."

Schwartzel began his day paired again with Ernie Els and reigning Masters champion Adam Scott. (See complete second-round tee times and pairings here.) The South African had finished Thursday one shot ahead of Scott Piercy and two ahead of four golfers: Russell Henley, Kyle Stanley, Jason Teater and Charlie Wi.

But by the time he teed off, Schwartzel found himself chasing Haas – who shot 67 in the morning to claim the lead by two and give the 2011 Masters champ a number to pursue.

The second round ran into weather delays, and play was stopped before the second round was completed. Check out the action that unfolded during the second round at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio – and scroll down for our first-round and pre-tournament coverage.

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Update No. 20: 7:19 p.m. EDT

Before the horn sounds to end play for the day, Billy Horschel gives himself some margin for error down the stretch with a birdie at No. 7 – his first of the nine – and is 2 over with two to play as the projected cut line is still 3 over.

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Update No. 19: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson makes some noise again with a birdie at No. 14 and is 6 under, T-2 with Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel and Kyle Stanley. He's 5 under for the day, which could match Bill Haas' low round of 67 if Watson finishes at that mark.

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Update No. 18: 6:59 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy moves to 2 over for the tournament with a birdie at No. 13 – he's 4 under for the day, with five scattered birdies and one bogey.

Some other big names around the projected cut line of 3 over:

  • Justin Leonard, 3 over: 5 over through 16 today;
  • Jason Day, 3 over: Shot 75 today;
  • Billy Horschel, 3 over: 5 over through 15 today;
  • Vijay Singh, 4 over: Shot 74 today.

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Update No. 17: 6:48 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel birdies No. 14 to get to 1 over for the day, 6 under overall and T-2 with Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley; the trio is three shots back of leader Bill Haas. Schwartzel hit his approach on the short par 4 to about 10 feet and sank his putt.

Scott Stallings birdies No. 12 to climb to 5 under again. He's tied at that mark with Bubba Watson, who bogeys No. 13.

Scott Piercy cards his first birdie of the day at No. 6, having run off five straight pars since touring his first nine in 3 over; he's 4 under overall.

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Update No. 16: 6:36 p.m. EDT

Kyle Stanley executes a tricky up-and-down from the right of the par-5 No. 11 green for a birdie to move to 6 under. He's T-2 with Matt Kuchar; Stanley's best finish this year is third at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Update No. 15: 6:23 p.m. EDT

Play resumes as hoped and Bubba Watson finds the green at No. 12 – then promptly sinks a birdie putt to move to 5 under.

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Update No. 14: 5:35 p.m. EDT

Officials say they will try to restart play at 6:15 EDT after examining the course conditions.

Also of note: Jeff Rude writes after Tiger Woods' round today that it's unusual to see Tiger's flaws resurface at Memorial, of all places.

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Update No. 14: 5:16 p.m. EDT

With play stopped, let's reset the top of the leaderboard again:

  • Bill Haas, 9 under: Shot 67 this morning to move into the lead.
  • Matt Kuchar, 6 under: Shot 70 today, good for third as he headed to clubhouse.
  • Charl Schwartzel, 5 under: 2 over through 12, was first-round leader after 65 Thursday.
  • Kyle Stanley, 5 under: Even through 10, with a bogey at the first and a birdie at the seventh.
  • Robert Karlsson, 4 under: Shot 71 today with three birdies and two bogeys.
  • Justin Rose, 4 under: 2 under through 11 with three birdies in his last three holes.
  • Scott Stallings, 4 under: 2 under through 10 with two bogeys in his last three holes.
  • Bubba Watson, 4 under: 3 under through 11 with four birdies and a bogey on the front nine.

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Update No. 13: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel managed to right himself a bit after a double bogey and bogey as he made the turn, with a birdie at No. 11 and a par at the next. He's 5 under, T-3 with Kyle Stanley and four shots back of leader Bill Haas.

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Update No. 12: 4:53 p.m. EDT

The projected cut line has moved to 3 over, with five golfers still on the course at that mark among seven who stand T-65. Seven more are T-72 at 4 over, with four of them still on the course.

Rory McIlroy just moved to the safe side of the projected cut, with a birdie at No. 11 that gets him to 3 under for the day. McIlroy raised eyebrows with a first-round 78 and is trying to work his way into weekend play against the odds.

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Update No. 11: 4:44 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson is making a move despite the afternoon winds here at Muirfield Village, with a stretch of three birdies in four holes that gets him to 4 under for the week, good for T-6.

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Update No. 10: 3:59 p.m. EDT

As he did the first time today he parred three straight, Charl Schwartzel ends the streak there – having found trouble off the tee, he pitched back to the fairway, then missed the green. A chip and two putts later, he cards double bogey to fall to 5 under, four back of leader Bill Haas.

Scott Stallings has four birdies through seven holes to get to 6 under today, good for T-3 alongside Matt Kuchar and Charlie Wi. Stallings won the 2011 Greenbrier Classic and the 2012 True South Classic.

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Update No. 9: 3:48 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel has three straight pars for the second time today and remains 7 under, two back of leader Bill Haas.

David Hearn has five birdies during his last eight holes to get to 5 under for the tournament. Hearn's round Thursday was an interesting one, with five birdies and two double bogeys.

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Update No. 8: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Russell Henley gets back to even par through six with a birdie at No. 15, returning to 5 under and T-5. Nick Watney, who struggled for a second straight day and finished 15 over, was the subject of surprising comments on Twitter by coach Butch Harmon.

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Update No. 7: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings is making a run, with three birdies in his first five holes to get to 5 under. Stallings, a Tennessee Tech product, started hot yesterday (5 under for his first six holes) before sliding to a 70.

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Update No. 6: 2:43 p.m. EDT

Charlie Wi cards his first birdie of the day quickly at No. 2 to get to 6 under, T-3 with Matt Kuchar. Wi's alma mater, Cal, entered today as the top seed for the first round of match play at the NCAA Championship (follow our live tracker of the NCAAs here).

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Update No. 5: 2:29 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel recovers quickly and birdies No. 5 to return to 7 under. Guan Tianlang bogeys his last hole and ends his trip 7 over, 9 shots better than last place but well off the cut line.

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Update No. 4: 2:17 p.m. EDT

Charl Schartzel bogeys No. 4 to slip to 1 over, which isn't unusual given that several of Thursday's top golfers have bogeyed early among the afternoon groups.

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Update No. 3: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Michael Thompson erases his earlier birdie as he cards bogey at No. 4 and falls back to 3 under. Charl Schwartzel starts with three straight pars to remain at 7 under, two back of the lead.

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Update No. 2: 1:53 p.m. EDT

Kyle Stanley opens with a bogey, as did Russell Henley and Scott Piercy, falling to 4 under alongside Henley, Robert Karlsson and Michael Thompson – the latter two 1 under today.

Guan Tianlang cards two straight pars heading into his final hole of the week and remains 6 over.

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Update No. 1: 1:38 p.m. EDT

Let's reset the leaderboard as the afternoon groups get going – with the possibility of bad weather lurking as skies are cloudy; although rain is not forecast by Weather.com until about the time the second round should wrap up today, tornadoes are a possibility for nearby parts of Ohio.

  • Bill Haas, 9 under: Shot 67 this morning to move into the lead.
  • Charl Schwartzel, 7 under: Even through one, was first-round leader after 65 Thursday.
  • Matt Kuchar, 6 under: Shot 70 today, good for third as he headed to clubhouse.
  • Josh Teater, 5 under: Even through five today with five straight pars.
  • Scott Piercy, 5 under: 1 over through two today with a bogey at No. 10.
  • Kyle Stanley, 5 under: Just began his round.
  • Charlie Wi, 5 under: Tees off in about 15 minutes.
  • Russell Henley, 4 under: 1 over through one today with a bogey at No. 10.

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Hole No. 9: Par 4, 412 yards

The only challenge here is to clear the water in front of the green. Tiger made par here yesterday and surely will look to better that and get to par for the day, under par for the tournament.

Off the tee: Fairway, no problem. It's all other areas of Tiger's game that have plagued him today.

Approach: So, that water, Tiger barely clears it and finds himself in the rough short and left of the green. It won't be a simple up-and-down effort.

Around the green: There's not much room for error here, as the cut line is still projected at 2 over and Tiger remains even for the tourney. He leaves his pitch short of the green and in the rough, from where he chips to about 5 feet or a little less. Tiger needs this putt and makes it for a bogey to end his day.

• TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2-over 74; 1 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead as the afternoon rounds get underway.

• ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Guan Tianlang birdies No. 5 but follows with a bogey and is 6 over, his last three holes a formality as he'll miss weekend play barring a multi-faceted miracle. Pat Perez shoots 69 to move to 3 under and T-10; his Arizona State Sun Devils are in the first round of NCAA Championship match play today.

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Hole No. 8: Par 3, 185 yards

Tiger Woods has yet to make the same score on the same hole twice during these first two rounds. He birdied here yesterday, so he'd be happy to break that trend.

Off the tee: Tiger misses the green, continuing his inconsistency on approach shots today, and finds himself in the left rough.

Around the green: A nifty pitch, one that could have holed out, gets Tiger to about 5 feet again. He makes par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; even for the tournament, 9 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Matt Kuchar finishes with a bogey for a 70 that leaves him 3 back of leader Bill Haas. Hunter Mahan is 4 under today, with five birdies and a bogey, rising to 3 under for the tournament and positioning the Oklahoma State product to make a move this weekend.

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Hole No. 7: Par 5, 563 yards

Tiger Woods made par here yesterday, but surely will look to pick up a stroke (or two) this time.

Off the tee: Fairway, along the left side but in fine shape to consider going for it.

Approach: Tiger gets greenside and is in the rough at the back right of the green. We'll see if his improved play of late includes his chipping/pitching game.

Around the green: Tiger's third shot is a bit strong again but gets him to about 5 feet. He makes the comebacker for birdie and gains another stroke.

• TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over; even for the tournament, 9 back of the lead.

• ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Matt Kuchar pars again and remains 7 under, two back of the lead. Guan Tianlang has made four straight pars, an impressive improvement over his shaky play earlier but likely leaving him without enough time to get inside the cut line.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 447 yards

Tiger Woods is running out of time to make a significant move. He birdied this hole yesterday.

Off the tee: Fairway again, and with a good angle that allows him to attack the pin.

Approach: Solid shot to about 15 feet or a little more, one that will give Tiger another reasonable birdie opportunity.

On the green: Tiger's putt runs long once again, a common occurrence today. He makes his par effort.

• TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2 over through 16; 1 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Leader Bill Haas closes with his second bogey of the day to finish with a 67 at 9 under – two shots ahead of first-round leader Charl Schwartzel, who tees off in about half an hour, and Matt Kuchar.

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Hole No. 5: Par 5, 527 yards

A par 5 of this length could allow Tiger Woods to earn his first birdie of the day and get back to even.

Off the tee: A true tee shot once again for Tiger, placing him in position to consider going for the water-guarded green in two.

Approach: Tiger makes an aggressive play for the green and gets on in two – but is more than 40 feet from the pin and might need his best long putt of the day to make birdie, let alone eagle.

On the green: One of the few times Tiger has let a putt stop short, his eagle attempt rolls to about two feet. He raps that one in for his sought-after birdie.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 2 over; 1 over for the tournament, 11 back of leader Bill Haas.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Guan Tianlang finishes his first nine with bogeys at Nos. 17-18, giving him a 42. He starts fresh with a par at No. 1 but is 6 over for the tournament, well back of the projected cut line that remains 2 over.

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Hole No. 4: Par 3, 200 yards

Here comes a stretch that Tiger Woods played in 2 under par yesterday while taking his game from erratic to solid. We'll see if he can work the same magic again.

Off the tee: A dart. Tiger fires it to inside 3 feet.

On the green: The short putt misses and Tiger makes another par, albeit a much-needed one at that. (Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Tiger had birdied the hole.)

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 12 back of leader Bill Haas.

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Hole No. 3: Par 4, 401 yards

Tiger Woods bogeyed this hole yesterday – he clearly can't afford to let that happen again as he's barely inside the projected cut line of 2 over.

Off the tee: It's fairway again, the only reliable aspect of Tiger's game on this day.

Approach: Tiger finds another green in regulation and has about a 25-foot birdie attempt on tap; he's looking good to avoid bogey so far, if the recent momentum in his short game holds.

On the green: Far too firm again, Tiger runs his birdie putt about 5 feet past. He makes the sizeable comebacker for par, though.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 12 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas birdies again, stretching his lead to three shots with three holes left in his round. Matt Kuchar birdies again to get to 7 under, tied for second with first-round leader Charl Schwartzel. Kuchar's alma mater, Georgia Tech, plays today in the first match-play round of the NCAA Championships.

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Hole No. 2: Par 4, 455 yards

Another decent showing around the green has given Tiger Woods a par – and some hope for scoring on his second nine today, though he made just two birdies on Muirfield Village's front nine yesterday.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway and will have a short iron or wedge into the green.

Approach: Missing the green, Tiger still is within 15 feet of the pin and that's an improvement worth noting. He's yet to make a birdie today.

Around the green: Tiger runs his chip about 3 feet past, as has been his tendency most of the day. He makes his comebacker for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 11 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Matt Kuchar gets to 6 under with a birdie at No. 3; he's 2 under through 12 today. Bill Haas gets back to 9 under, stretching his lead to two again with a birdie putt of about 20 feet on No. 14. The four-time Tour winner and former FedEx Cup champion is 5 under for the day.

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 470 yards

Finally, some short-game success for Tiger Woods just before he makes the turn. We'll see if he can turn it into some momentum.

Off the tee: Tiger puts it in the fairway again. You wonder where his game would be today if not for his consistent success from the tee boxes.

Approach: A green in regulation for Tiger is a much-needed improvement; he faces a birdie attempt of about 30 feet though.

On the green: Good speed gets Tiger's long putt to about a foot, and he taps in for another much-needed par.

• TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas pars No. 13 to remain 8 under with a one-shot lead. Guan Tianlang is 4 over through seven holes after three straight bogeys; he has steadied himself a bit with a par but remains two shots on the wrong side of the cut line.

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Hole No. 18: Par 4, 444 yards

A creek guards the left and bunkers right; if Tiger Woods finds either, things could get ugly as his iron play and short game have not gotten on track today.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the fairway and next must figure things out from there.

Approach: Another missed green as his shot is short of the green on the left side, but he'll be working from fairway-length grass.

Around the green: Tiger finally gauges a chip correctly and gets to about 2 feet from the hole. He makes his putt for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead.

• ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas cards his first bogey of the day, dropping to 8 under and narrowing his lead to one shot. Tiger's playing partners, Keegan Bradley and Fred Couples, also are 3 over today. That puts Bradley at 2 over and Couples at 1 over.

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Hole No. 17: Par 4, 478 yards

A long par 4 might not be the place to kickstart a rally, but Tiger's going to need to start scoring soon if he's to avoid a conversation involving the cut line.

Off the tee: Fairway again. That hasn't been a problem today for Tiger.

Approach: Tiger misses another green, this time long and left with about 40 feet to the pin.

Around the green: Tiger's long again, chipping about 7 or 8 feet past the pin. He drops his putt for a clutch par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 11 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas gives himself about a 5-footer for birdie at the par-5 No. 11 hole and sinks it to extend his lead to two over Charl Schwartzel. Matt Kuchar gets to 5 under with a birdie at No. 18 before he makes the turn. Guan Tianlang bogeys again to fall to 3 over – and as things stand, that's on the wrong side of the cut line projected at 2 over.

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Hole No. 16: Par 3, 201 yards

Water guards the front and left of this green. Tiger's going to need to focus somehow after that surprisingly bad hole.

Off the tee: Focused indeed, Tiger hits it to about 15 feet and safely on the green.

On the green: Strong again, Tiger runs his first putt nearly 5 feet past once more; this time he makes the comebacker for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Leader Bill Haas makes par again to remain 8 under. Guan Tianlang is 2 over through four after a bogey at No. 13.

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Hole No. 15: Par 5, 529 yards

It will be interesting to see how aggressive Tiger Woods gets here in an attempt to get back to par for the day – or under.

Off the tee: Getting himself in position to consider going for the green in two, Tiger finds the fairway

Approach: Two bunkers toward the front guard each side of the green, and Tiger gets close while avoiding them. As at No. 11, he's greenside in two but faces a pitch from the rough.

Around the green: Tiger's third shot rolls off the other side of the green, leaving about 20 feet from the first cut. He gets his fourth shot onto the green – then three-putts for a stunning double bogey.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 3 over; 2 over for the tournament, 10 back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Ben Curtis birdies Nos. 5-7 to get to 2 under for the tournament. At No. 9, Bill Haas finds another greenside bunker but this time leaves himself about a 10-footer for par; he makes it to remain 8 under and one ahead of Charl Schwartzel.

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Hole No. 14: Par 4, 363 yards

With a creek encouraging iron play off the tee at this short par 4, Tiger laid up here yesterday and made birdie.

Off the tee: Playing it safe again, Tiger finds the middle of the fairway and setting up a full swing into the green.

Approach: Tiger lands it safely on the green and has a birdie attempt of about 20 feet up next.

On the green: Giving it a run, Tiger sends his putt about 5 feet past. He makes the comebacker for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over through five; even overall, eight back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas misses a birdie putt from inside 15 feet and makes his comebacker for par at No. 7; he then finds a bunker at the par-3 No. 8 and nearly holes out from there, making another par to remain the leader at 8 under. Haas is 4 under today, as is Charley Hoffman (3 under overall). Matt Every has played his first nine in 8 over and is 10 over for the tournament as he makes the turn.

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Hole No. 13: Par 4, 455 yards

So far it's been approach shots that have cost Tiger Woods. Yet he started his first round somewhat erratically before finding solid form.

Off the tee: Tiger finds the rough on the left side and will have a tough angle into the green.

Approach: Another green eludes Tiger and he's got to get up and down again.

Around the green: His chip gets him inside 10 feet but leaves a moderate par putt on the table. He runs it past and taps in for bogey.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over through four; even overall, eight shots behind the new leader.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas birdies again to claim the lead outright, and is 4 under in his last three holes to move to 8 under, a shot ahead of first-round leader Charl Schwartzel.

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Hole No. 12: Par 3, 184 yards

Tiger Woods played the par 3s even yesterday – a birdie, a bogey (at this hole) and two pars. We'll see if his iron play can earn birdie opportunities today.

Off the tee: Tiger clears the water but misses the green long and left. He'll need to get up and down from the rough.

Around the green: His chip is a solid one, getting inside three feet; he makes the putt for par and moves along.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; 1 under overall, six back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: An eagle at No. 5 puts Bill Haas into a tie for the lead with Charl Schwartzel. The Wake Forest product is 3 under today, 7 under overall; his best finish this season is T-3 at the Northern Trust Open.

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Hole No. 11: Par 5, 567 yards

Tiger Woods is accustomed to taking advantage of par 5s, but yesterday he only played them to even par – with a birdie, a bogey and two pars.

Off the tee: Again Tiger finds the fairway, favoring the right side away from the creek and getting a better angle into the green.

Approach: Tiger gets greenside in two, but is in the short, right rough with a pitch shot into the green.

Around the green: Tiger's pitch finds the green but comes up short, leaving about 25 feet for birdie. It's got good speed but misses and Tiger taps in for par.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; 1 under overall, six back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Bill Haas birdies No. 4 to get to 5 under, two shots back of leader Charl Schwartzel.

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Hole No. 10: Par 4, 471 yards

Tiger Woods begins his day on the back nine, hoping to see less wind and softer conditions than leader Charl Schwartzel and others near the top of the leaderboard who play this afternoon.

Off the tee: Tiger finds his first fairway of the day, picking up where he left off yesterday.

Approach: Four bunkers guard this green, and Tiger finds one short and right.

Around the green: Looking for a sand save to avoid dropping to even par, Tiger gets it to about five feet. He makes the putt.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: Even par; 1 under overall, six back of the lead.

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Henrik Stenson gets to 3 under for the tournament with an eagle at No. 11.

• • •

Early risers

Jason Kokrak birdied his first three holes today, teeing off on the back, and is 2 under through four. Nine golfers are 1 under.

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Slow starters

Seven golfers are 1 over today, a figure that pushes Robert Allenby and Matt Every to 3 over for the tournament so far.

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Weather forecast

While temps aren't expected to be as high Friday or Saturday, it comes at the price of more wind and an increased chance of rain. Temperatures will be in the low 70s as play begins, according to Weather.com, with highs in the mid-80s and a chance of scattered thunderstorms peaking at 50 percent between 2-5 p.m. EDT.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

Rude: Tiger-vs.-Rory rivalry isn't building at this rate

Of all that happened Thursday at Muirfield Village – Charl Schwartzel’s leading 65, Tiger Woods losing to 53-year-old Fred Couples (70) and barely beating 14-year-old Tianlang Guan – Rory McIlroy’s bad day might be most compelling.

5 Things: Piercy thinks, Bradley booms in Memorial first round

Brains prevailed over brawn for Scott Piercy off the tee, while Keegan Bradley's distances impressed Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples during the first round of the Memorial.

How it Happened: Schwartzel leads Memorial, Tiger lurks

Tiger Woods started his pursuit of a sixth Memorial title quietly but on the right foot Thursday, while Charl Schwartzel fired a 65 early to earn the first-round lead.

Goosen WDs from U.S. Open; spot added to sectional qualifying

Away from Muirfield Village, Retief Goosen has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Open Championship with a back injury. The U.S. Golf Association announced Goosen’s withdrawal Thursday. He was fully exempt into the event.

Nike unveils VR Forged wedges

Nike's new VR Forged wedges expand the VR family of clubs and offer three distinct sole grinds designed to accommodate various course conditions and shot-making demands.

TaylorMade to release R1 Black driver

Heeding consumer demand for a more conventional look, TaylorMade will begin offering its white R1 driver in an all-black version. The R1 Black hits select retailers beginning June 10.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Nicklaus' scouting report on Merion: Don't hold back

Among the annual rituals at the Memorial: A “World According to Jack” address that's among the most interesting staples in golf – because of what is being said and who is weighing in.

Derek Ernst charts a tough course toward U.S. Open

When was the last time a PGA Tour tournament winner was forced to tee it up at a local qualifier for the U.S. Open in the same calendar year or another player ranked 123rd in the world was ineligible for an Open Championship qualifier? Derek Ernst fits the bill on both counts.

No surprise here: Tiger overwhelming favorite at Memorial

Four wins in 2013. Five wins at Memorial. So it is no shock that Tiger Woods would register as the favorite this week at the house that Jack Nicklaus built. A look at our predictions.

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