Cameron Smith stands out

Co-leader with five other golfers after the first round of the Memorial Tournament, the Australian Cameron Smith alone retains control of the tournament dear to Jack Nicklaus after 36 holes. Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari are in the top 10. For his return, Bryson DeChambeau does not pass the cut, just like Collin Morikawa.

Cameron Smith obviously wanted solitude! Co-leader of the Memorial Tournament with five other golfers after the first round, the 28-year-old Australian retained control of the tournament to sit alone in the lead this time at Muirfield Village. The Players Championship defending champion is on track to improve on his best result here in 6 appearances… a modest 65th place! “The two courses were different since I played very well on the way out and I had trouble on the way back, on the starting tees in particular. But I fought well all day. It is precisely because of my driver that I have never been successful here in recent years“, he admitted.

Smith had only made the cut twice and finished above 60th place each time. Prior to this year Brisbane’s best player card was a 71.

His 67 and 69 on the first two days allow him to edge ahead of the American Denny McCarthy and South Korean KH Lee halfway through the tournament.

McIlroy and Molinari in the top 10

Author of a faultless day, Billy Horschel enters the top 5. Rory McIlroy sent a cannon shot at hole number 5 for an eagle which allows the Northern Irishman to enter the top 10 alongside the Italian Francesco Molinariwhich has not been at such a party since January at The American Express (6th).

Jon Rahm still stands out at Jack Nicklaus

World number two Jon Rahm continues its very special relationship with this tournament. In 2020, he became world number 1 after his victory. In 2021, positive for covid-19, he had to give up when he was well ahead. And this year, he easily passes the cut despite one of the worst shots of his career from the middle of the fairway!

DeChambeau and Morikawa miss the cut

Unable to sign any birdie, Jordan Spieth is satisfied with the par total and 39th place, just like the Norwegian Viktor Hovlandor the Canadian Adam Hadwinwhich offered its first hole in one at 16.

We will also remember the erratic end of the day of Max Homa who slammed a 20-meter putt from outside the green at 13 for birdie, before stringing together three bogeys, including a catastrophic hole number 15 that finished his buttocks in the obstacle… to finish with a birdie at 18 and a beautiful 29th place under par (-1). As for Bryson DeChambeau (+9), he largely misses the cut for his big comeback since his hand operation, just like Collin Morikawa (+4).

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