Tracker: Paul Casey takes lead at Memorial

Rory McIlroy started the second round with a three-shot lead.
Rory McIlroy started the second round with a three-shot lead. ( Getty Images )

Friday, May 30, 2014

In what proved to be a bizarre Friday at Muirfield, Paul Casey used a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take the 36-hole lead at the Memorial.

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy imploded on his opening nine holes en route to a 6-over 78 and sits nine shots back of Casey.

Here's how all the action unfolded on Friday in Ohio:

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Update #18: 6:30 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson ends his round with back-to-back bogeys and cards a 3-under 69, putting him in solo second at 9 under, three back of leader Paul Casey.

Defending champ Matt Kuchar also posts a 69 to make the cut at 1 under. The current cut line is at even par and looking likely to stay there.

Those who will likely not be around for the weekend: Rickie Fowler, Tim Clark, Justin Rose, Michael Kim, Russell Henley, Vijay Singh and Nicholas Thompson.

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Update #17: 5:03 p.m. EDT

A second consecutive 6-under 66 has Paul Casey three shots in front of the field, with Bubba Watson at 9 under with four holes to play in his round.

Casey had six birdies and an eagle en route to the likely 36-hole lead at Memorial.

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Update #16: 3:22 p.m. EDT

An eagle at the par-5 7th hole has Matt Kuchar on the right side of the cutline, as he moves into red figures for the first time in the tournament at 1 under.

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Update #15: 3:05 p.m. EDT

It has become a two-horse race, as Paul Casey and Bubba Watson have distanced themselves a bit from the field.

Casey continues to lead with a birdie at No. 1 pushing him to 11 under, while Watson is one shot back after four birdies over his last six holes.

Meanwhile, there is a race to get inside the cut line, with defending champion Matt Kuchar still outside the top 70. He is 1 under through six holes today and 1 over overall, but will likely need to get to even par to make the cut. Rickie Fowler and former Cal All-American Michael Kim have finished their rounds at 1 over and will need a few players to drop back in order to stick around for the weekend.

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Update #14: 2:15 p.m. EDT

Paul Casey continues to impress at Muirfield, posting two birdies and an eagle to get to 10 under before a bogey at No. 17 to sit in the lead at 9 under, two shots clear of Bubba Watson.

Casey has played only nine events on the PGA Tour this season, making six cuts and earning just over $515,000. Of those six made cuts, he's finished in the top 25 five times.

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Update #13: 1:30 p.m. EDT

A trio of of-note rounds just ended, with Adam Scott firing a 2-under 70 to move to 5 under for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy avoided an 80 on Friday, but still posted a 6-over 78 after a birdie at No. 7 helped save him the embarrassment of golf's most-dreaded number. McIlroy is still at 3 under for the tournament.

Phil Mickelson will be sticking around for the weekend after a 2-under 70 pushed him to T-32 as the afternoon wave gets started.

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Update #12: 12:45 p.m. EDT

World No. 1 Adam Scott is lurking again, posting a birdie at No. 3 to move to 4 under and just two off the lead. His first nine holes were a bit up and down, as he had three birdies and three bogeys in an even-par 36.

Scott isn't flirting with the cut this week as he did at Colonial just a week ago.

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Update #11: 12:32 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas sputtered a bit on his closing stretch, having to settle for a 4-under 68 to get to 5 under for the tournament, currently one shot off the lead.

Meanwhile, Thorbjorn Olesen stayed steady on his closing holes to fire a 5-under 67 and shares the lead at 6 under. All three of the players he is tied with have yet to tee off on Friday.

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Update #10: 12:27 p.m. EDT

After three pars and a birdie to start his inward nine, Rory McIlroy bogeys the par-5 5th to fall back to 2 under on the tournament. He's 3 over on the par-5s today and is in danger of flirting with 80 for the round.

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Update #9: 11:45 a.m. EDT

If, at the beginning of the day you had Camilo Villegas leading and Thorbjorn Olesen just one back, raise your hand?

Yeah, we thought so.

Olesen is the latest to join the fray near the top of the leaderboard, as he is 5 under through 16 holes to move to 6 under for the tournament, just one back of Villegas.

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Update #8: 11:29 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy picks up his second birdie on the day, this one at the par-4 2nd hole to move back to 3 under for the tournament, but is still 6 over on the round.

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Update #7: 11:28 a.m. EDT

That's four consecutive birdies for Camilo Villegas after a 4 at the par-5 15th and he now holds the solo lead at 7 under.

Villegas has not broken 70 in his last nine competitive rounds on the PGA Tour.

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Update #6: 11:20 a.m. EDT

After a rough end to his round on Thursday, Phil Mickelson started in similar fashion with a bogey on No. 10 on Friday. But Lefty has since posted four birdies and a bogey to sit at 2 under for the tournament with a pair of holes left in his second round.

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Update #5: 11:08 a.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas has run off three consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-14 to jump into a share of the lead at 6 under. Villegas is 5 under on his round.

Villegas, who has fallen all the way down to No. 270 in the world, has only one top-25 finish in 18 PGA Tour starts this season, missing six cuts, including his last four.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy has added another bogey on No. 18 and makes the turn with a 7-over 43 to fall all the way back to 2 under.

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Update #4: 10:42 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy has steadied the ship a bit, picking up back-to-back pars on Nos. 16 and 17 and remains at 3 under, three shots off the lead.

J.B. Holmes has moved into a tie for the lead after a birdie on No. 18 – his ninth hole of the day.

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Update #3: 10:08 a.m. EDT

A poor chip from Rory McIlroy on No. 15 adds another double-bogey to his card and he's now 6 over through six holes and 3 under for the tournament.

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Update #2: 10 a.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy is finding Friday to be a bit more difficult than Thursday's breeze of a round.

After his birdie at No. 12, McIlroy hit three trees en route to a double-bogey on No. 13 and then followed with yet another double on No. 14 to drop all the way back to 5 under, now one shot back of the lead.

McIlroy is wearing a sleeve on the left knee he injured on Thursday.

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Update #1: 9:20 a.m. EDT

A much milder start for Rory McIlroy on Friday, as he opens his round on No. 10 with a bogey, picks up par on No. 11 where he eagled on Thursday, but did post a birdie on the par-3 13th to get back to 9 under.

Muirfield might be a bit tougher today, although both Robert Garrigus and David Lingmerth are both 3 under near the turn on their respective rounds.

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