Jason Dufner, David Lingmerth share Memorial lead

Jordan Spieth tees off on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday

Jason Dufner holed out from the fairway for an eagle en route to a second straight 65 that gave him a five-shot lead with a record-setting 36-hole total at the Memorial on Friday.

The round of level par left him one shot behind compatriot Pádraig Harrington who will have left the course feeling much happier after rolling in two birdies in his last five holes to go alongside a single bogey in a round of 71.

Justin Thomas, victor of the first two events of the year in Hawaii, joined Watson on nine under after carding a four-birdie 69, while Dufner also shares third place despite a day to forget for the former PGA champion. "But it's one of those things".

World Number One Dustin Johnson missed the cut with a second round 74, an improvement on his opening 78 but hardly ideal preparation for his US Open defence in two weeks' time. He had five birdies on his front nine including three just before the turn. He tried to play a flawless shot and barely got it out, then chipped down to 5 feet and missed the putt, making double bogey.

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Dufner was still tied for the lead when his wedge on the par-5 11th spun back down the green and into the water, leading to double bogey.

Lingmerth, whose first PGA Tour victory came at the Memorial two years ago, also bogeyed his last hole on an ideal day for scoring.

"If I can drive it like this at the US Open, a major where it's so crucial to drive it straight, it should be a good week", said Leishman. Dufner found his worst trait in putting was not having a consistent routine and getting too fast, nearly as if he wanted to get it over with quickly. He made three bogeys and a triple bogey in the first round, but has only made three bogeys since then. "Legitimately from the first hole to the 18th hole, there's a double bogey somewhere in there".

"I'm excited to have another chance here", Kuchar said. The 33-year-old from Utah is in his seventh year.

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Lowry shot 68 and Harrington carded 71 in round two at Muirfield Village to enter the weekend on four-under par, and two-under par respectively.

The South Korea-born New Zealander is not playing this week's ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey, which means she is certain to be overtaken by either Ariya Jutanugarn or Ryu So-yeon, the LPGA announced.

MALMO, Sweden - Wales' Jamie Donaldson shot his second consecutive 4-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead in the Nordea Masters. Jon Rahm (73-77), ranked ninth in the world, missed his first cut of the season and just the second in 25 career events.

"I made some nice pars and rolled in some putts", the 2013 PGA Championship victor added, although the highlight of his day didn't involve putting.

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Moriya Jutanugarn and Lee each shot 70.

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