Germany’s Martin Kaymer, making just his second appearance at Muirfield Village Golf Club, fired a 4-under 68 on Friday to move into a three-way tie with Troy Merritt and South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee for the lead after the second round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
It appears to be a return to form for Kaymer, winner of two major championships — the 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Open — as well as the 2014 Players Championship. Not only has the 34-year-old not won on Tour since 2014, but also he hasn’t posted a top-10 finish since tying for fourth at the Honda Classic in February 2017. He has missed three cuts so far this season, including the PGA Championship two weeks ago, and his best finish so far in an official PGA event was a tie or 33rd place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
Merritt carded a 66 on Friday and Lee shot 67.
Kaymer, who started on the back nine, was bogey-free through 17 holes and posted five birdies before missing the green on No. 9 and made bogey on his final hole of the day to drop into the tied with Merritt and Lee.
Iowa native Merritt, 33, got off to a hot start Friday, carding three birdies and an eagle at the par-5 seventh hole to shoot 31 on the front, but struggled on the back and balanced two bogeys with three birdies to finish with a 6-under 66.
Hot on the heels of the leaders and one shot back at 8 under is Jordan Spieth, who started the day one shot off the lead. He followed up his first-round 66 with a 2-under 70 and continues to ride the momentum from back-to-back top-10 results after finishing in a tie for third at the PGA Championship and tied for eighth at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.
Knotted in a tie for fifth at 7 under are Bud Cauley (70), Patrick Cantlay (69), Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo (68), Australian Adam Scott (66) and Rickie Fowler (68).
Five-time Memorial Tournament champion Tiger Woods, who posted an opening-round 70, followed up with an even-par 72 and stands tied for 33rd at 2 under.
Englishman Justin Rose bounced back from a 75 on Thursday to shoot the low round of the day: a 9-under 63 Friday to move into a tie for 10th place at 6 under.
First-round leader Ryan Moore followed up his first-round 65 with a 3-over 75 and fell into a tie for 18th.
Defending champ Bryson DeChambeau stands tied for 55th after shooting 70 for a 144 total.
Notables missing the cut included Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (71, 146 total), Phil Mickelson (79, 149), Australia’s Jason Day (74, 149), Tony Finau (74, 151) and Justin Thomas (80, 151).