DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Five holes into the second round of the Memorial, Rory McIlroy had three birdies and Jordan Spieth had two bogeys. They were going opposition directions and thinking about the same destination.
The idea was at least get close enough to Matt Kuchar and Brendan Steele and have a reasonable chance.
“We’re teeing off, and the leaders are 11 shots ahead of me,” McIlroy said. “So at least I made a little ground up on them.”
Steele had a 5-under 67 and Kuchar had another 66, both Friday morning, to reach 12-under 132.
McIlroy was 6 under through 11 holes and cooled off over the rest of the back nine, playing the last seven holes in even par for a 66 that ordinarily would leave him please, and this time left him slightly disappointed. He was still five shots behind.
Spieth slipped two shots below the projected cut line and never panicked. He played the last 12 holes in 6 under for a 68 and was six shots behind. He was slightly optimistic considering his start.
“Six birdies in 12 holes, that’s a nice ratio out here,” Spieth said.
They still have a long way to go, maybe not in number of strokes but in…