DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — David Lingmerth took a step toward turning his game around with a 7-under 65 at the Memorial on Friday. It gave the Swede a one-shot lead going into a weekend that includes Tiger Woods.
But just barely.
Long after Lingmerth capped off a bogey-free round at Muirfield Village, Woods was 40 yards away from the flag on the 18th green and in dire need of getting up-and-down to save par and avoid missing his first cut at the tournament he has won five times.
For his second straight tournament, he holed a key putt to survive.
“At least I was able to make those putts, so that’s a positive sign,” Woods said after his 2-under 70. “Now I just need to put myself in the position where those putts are to win tournaments, not to make cuts.”
He was 11 shots behind Lingmerth, who was at 12-under 132.
Woods had to hang on, making two straight bogeys before his par save on the final hole. For Jason Dufner, it was a thrill a minute.