2017 Memorial Tournament – R2 Notes

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2017 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

(The 29th of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)                                

 

Dublin, Ohio                             June 1-4, 2017                                                             FedExCup Points: 500

Muirfield Village Golf Club        Par/Yardage: 36-36—72/7,392                       Purse: $8,700,000 ($1,566,000)

 

Second-Round Notes – Friday, June 2, 2017

Weather: Mostly sunny skies. Winds WNW at 6-12 mph, with a high temperature of 80.

 

36-Hole Cut

77 players at 3-over 147 from a field of 119 professionals and 1 amateur.

 

Second-Round Leaderboard

Jason Dufner                            65-65 – 130 (-14)

Daniel Summerhays                 66-69 – 135 (-9)

Rickie Fowler                            70-66 – 136 (-8)

Jamie Lovemark                       69-69 – 138 (-6)

Jordan Spieth                            66-72 – 138 (-6)

Justin Thomas                           67-71 – 138 (-6)
Jason Dufner

Highlighted by an eagle at the par-4 18th hole (his ninth hole of the day), Jason Dufner fired a bogey-free 65 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide to take a five shot lead through 36-holes. His five-shot lead through 36 holes is one shy of the tournament record held by Roger Maltbie (1982), who went on to finish tied for second.

 

Dufner’s two-day total of 130 (-14) is the lowest 36-hole total in tournament history, bettering the total of 131 (-13) previously set by Scott Hoch (1987) and Rickie Fowler (2010). Interestingly, neither Hoch (T3) nor Fowler (2) went on to win.

 

Dufner’s eagle at the 18th hole came from 176 yards with a 6-iron. He also made an eagle in the first round on the par-5 7th hole. He and Carl Pettersson hold the record for most eagles in one year at the Memorial, each making four eagles in 2015. Tiger Woods and Mark Calcavecchia have recorded the most eagles at the tournament (12) since 1983. Vijay Singh, who is in the field and missed the cut this week has made 11 eagles at the event since 1983.

 

Dufner is seeking his fifth PGA TOUR victory (2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, AT&T Byron Nelson, 2013 PGA Championship, 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge). Dufner’s most recent win came at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge where he defeated David Lingmerth (currently T7) on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Dufner played a spectacular shot from the rocks to save par on the par-3 71st hole and keep himself in the tournament.

 

Dufner is making his sixth appearance at the Memorial Tournament where his best showing is T19 in 2014 (T33/2016, T24/2015, T19/2014, MC/2010, MC/2009). In 2015, Dufner opened with rounds of 66-67 to sit one stroke back of eventual winner Lingmerth.

 

Dufner’s lone top-10 finish in 14 starts this season came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when he teamed with fellow Auburn alum Patton Kizzire to finish T5. His best individual showing is T11 (twice, Valspar Championship, RBC Heritage).

 

Through 36 holes, Dufner has hit 21 of 28 fairways and 31 of 36 greens in regulation – his lone bogey came at the 18th hole on Thursday.

 

Dufner, a Cleveland, Ohio native, before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. with his family as a 14-year-old, is currently No. 56 in the FedExCup standings. He has finished in the top-30 and reached the TOUR Championship five of the last eight years.

 

Second-Round Lead Notes

This marks the 11th time in 278 career starts on the PGA TOUR that Dufner has held a lead/co-lead after the second round, most recently at the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, which he went on to win.

 

Dufner is four for 10 in converting 36-hole leads to victory, holding at least a share of the lead at the halfway mark in all of his wins.

 

Dating to the Memorial Tournament’s inaugural year of 1976, 14 second-round leaders/co-leaders have managed to convert for the win. The last to do so was David Lingmerth in 2015.

 

Thirteen of 28 second-round leaders/co-leaders have managed to convert for the win this season on the PGA TOUR, most recently Kevin Kisner at last week’s DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

 

The largest 36-hole comeback at the Memorial Tournament was by Ray Floyd, who overcame a 9-stroke deficit to win in 1982.

 

Daniel Summerhays

Daniel Summerhays, who was one shot off the lead after a first-round 66, shot a second-round 69 and is five back of the lead of Jason Dufner. This is his best position through two rounds on the PGA TOUR since he led through 36 holes at the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, where he finished T2.

 

The 33-year-old from Farmington, Utah is seeking his first PGA TOUR victory in his 185th start this week. Should he go on to victory, he would become the eighth player to make the Memorial Tournament his first PGA TOUR title and the fourth consecutive player to do so.

 

Summerhays qualified for the Masters in 2017 for the first time after high finishes at both the U.S. Open (T8) and PGA Championship (3rd) last year. He finished T46 at the Masters Tournament.

 

Since winning the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at The University of Ohio’s Scarlett course as an amateur on the Web.com Tour, Summerhays has made steady progress as a PGA TOUR professional, improving his position on the final money list every year since earning status in 2011.

Year     Money List Position

2016                 45

2015                 60

2014                 69

2013                 69

2012                 92

2011                 171

 

Before embarking on life as a golf professional, Summerhays spent two years on a mission for the Morman church in Chile and became fluent in Spanish.

 

Summerhays owns two runner-up finishes (2013 Sanderson Farms Championship, 2014 Valero Texas Open) amongst 17 top-10 results on the PGA TOUR. Last year, he was T8 at the U.S. Open and third at the PGA Championship.

 

This is the seventh appearance at the Memorial Tournament for Summerhays, with a T4 in 2012 his best showing. Thursday’s 66 remains Summerhays’ low round in 22 trips around Muirfield Village. His previous low was 67 in last year’s second round.

 

In 18 starts this season, Summerhays’ lone top-25 finish is a T16 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

 

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler followed an opening-round 70 that saw him make a triple bogey on the second hole and close with a holed bunker shot at the last with a bogey-free 66 in the second round. His two-day total of 136 (-8) puts him in third place, six shots off the pace set by Jason Dufner.

 

Through two rounds, Fowler has hit 25 of 28 fairways, which leads the field.

 

In Rickie Fowler’s four victories on TOUR, he has never been better than third entering the final round. In the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, he was six shots behind the leader through 36 holes before claiming victory in a playoff, the same amount he trails Dufner through 36 holes this week. Fowler won The Honda Classic earlier this season.

 

Along with the victory, Fowler has three other top 10s this year in 10 starts.

 

Fowler led the Memorial through 36 holes in his debut in 2010, tying the then 36-hole scoring record, before eventually finishing second. His record since then has included one top 25 finish and three consecutive missed cuts leading into this year.

 

Additional Player Notes

Jamie Lovemark fired a second-consecutive 69 and is eight shots off the lead held by Jason Dufner. He is seeking his first career victory in his 110th start.

 

Jordan Spieth posted eight birdies in the first round, and followed it up with an even-par 72 in the second round. He is 6 under for the week, eight shots off the lead. Spieth is making his fifth consecutive appearance at the Memorial Tournament where his best finish at the event was T3 in 2016. Spieth, the youngest winner of the FedExCup and of the TOUR Championship (22 years, 2 months), finished runner-up at last week’s DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, one of six top-10s in 13 starts this season, which includes a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

 

Justin Thomas, a three-time winner this season and No. 3 in the FedExCup standings, sits T4 after second-round 71. After finishing T37 in his tournament debut in 2014, Thomas missed the cut at Muirfield Village in his next two appearances before making the cut this year.

 

Winner of the 2014 Memorial Tournament Matt Kuchar shot a second-round 70 and is at 5 under, nine shots off the lead. Kuchar has six top-10s in 11 previous appearances and holds the second-best scoring average at this event (70.24). Hideki Matsuyama, who is at even par through 36 holes, was the only player with a sub-70 scoring average at this event heading into the week (69.80).

Defending champion William McGirt is T35 after two rounds, firing 71-72 (-1). Nobody has successfully defended at Muirfield Village since Tiger Woods, who won the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Memorial Tournaments.

 

Australian Jason Day, a Columbus resident and Muirfield Village member, shot a second-round 71 to bounce back after an opening-round 75 to make the cut.

 

Coming in to this event, Dustin Johnson had made the most birdies at the Memorial Tournament since 2009, with 134, four more than Camilo Villegas on 130. Johnson, No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and Official World Golf Ranking, posted a birdie-free 6-over 78 to sit T109 in the first round and made two birdies during a second-round 74 that led to his second missed cut of the season.

 

Spain’s Jon Rahm missed his second cut as a professional with rounds of 73-77 (+6), his first coming at last fall’s Wyndham Championship.

 

Playing on a sponsor exemption, Australia’s Brett Coletta shot 72-69 to make his first PGA TOUR cut in his second start after missing the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

 

Miscellaneous Notes

Nine past champions of the Memorial Tournament teed it up this week: William McGirt (T35/2016), David Lingmerth (T7/2015), Hideki Matsuyama (T40/2014), Matt Kuchar (T7/2013), Steve Stricker (T24/2011), K.J. Choi (T64/2007), Carl Pettersson (MC/2006), Jim Furyk (MC/2002) and Vijay Singh (MC/1997).

 

Bogey-Free rounds:

R1: Lucas Glover (67), Matt Kuchar (69).

R2: Jason Dufner (65), Rickie Fowler (66).

 

Scoring averages at the par-72 Muirfield Village Golf Club

Front 9              Back 9              Total                 Cumulative

R1:       36.395              36.924              73.319              —

R2:       36.084              36.235              72.319              72.819

 

Morning scoring average: 71.88

Afternoon scoring average: 72.76

 

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