Cameron Smith could emulate Tiger Woods

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Cameron Smith could emulate Tiger Woods

Continue on the Muirfield Villag route in Dublin, Ohio, the 46th edition of the Memorial Tournament. At the top of the provisional standings we find a phenomenal Cameron Smith. The Australian proved to be the most solid around the greens bringing his total to -8 thanks to a second round with 69 strokes.

4 birdies for him, with just one bogey.

Memorial Tournament, results

They chase South Korean K.H. Lee and the American Denny McCarthy. Both managed to find an important birdie in the final which allowed them to shorten on Smith, who has long threatened to escape, but without being able to realize a couple of chances in the last holes.

A group of five players shares fourth place with a score of -6. The three Americans also share the fact that they were leaders at the end of the first round and respond to the names of Luke List, Cameron Young and Davis Riley.

On a day that didn't allow for very low scores, they were still able to snatch a lap in 71 that keeps them high. The story is different for Jhonattan Vegas and Billy Horschel, both of whom are making a comeback. Who managed to recover 25 positions is the blue Francesco Molinari.

The Turinese managed to place a wonderful lap in 68 strokes, valid as the best score of the day, with which he entered the top 10, in ninth place. His score is -5, obtained thanks to three extraordinary consecutive birdies followed by a further shot earned on the last hole, thanks to a perfect second shot.

In the company of Molinari we find Rory McIlroy, Aaron Wise and Keith Mitchell. After a difficult first round he tries to recover the reigning champion Patrick Cantlay, 17th at -3 together with Will Zalatoris and Shane Lowry.

In the group of players at -2 the name of Jon Rahm certainly stands out, while the surprise elimination of Collin Morikawa should be noted. Signs of true Francesco Molinari in the USA where the Turinese, in the second round of The Memorial Tournament, one of the most important events of the PGA Tour, climbed from 34th to 9th position with a total of 139 (71 68, -5 ).

In Dublin (Ohio), the winner of the Open Championship 2018 is three strokes away from the top now occupied only by the Australian Cameron Smith (third in the world ranking and already in the lead after the opening 18 holes, but together with five other competitors) , first with 136 (67 69, -8).

At Muirfield Village Golf Club (par 72), at Jack Nicklaus's "home", Chicco Molinari - who started from hole 10 - tripped over a bogey at 12 and then turbo-charged five birdies (of which three consecutive from 13 at 15), with the latest arrival at the very last minute, at 9.

No mistake as regards putts within 3 meters for Molinari, good not only from tee to green but also in the short game. In the United States, Smith pursues the feat and aims to emulate Tiger Woods (2001) as the only golfer to win, in the same season, The Players and The Memorial, flagship tournaments of the PGA Tour.

Short ranking in Dublin where the Australian is closely followed by American Danny McCarthy and South Korean Kyoung-Hoon Lee, second with 137 (-7). With Molinari, in ninth position there is also, among others, the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

The Spaniard Jon Rahm (number 2 in the world and winner in 2020), 24 / o with 142 (-2), and the American Patrick Cantlay (defending champion, won this tournament also in 2019), 17 / o with 141, also date back. (-3). First "hole in one" career on the circuit for Canadian Adam Hadwin (39 / o with 144, par) who, at 16 (par 3), from 194 yards (177 meters) and with a 7 iron, feet all spectators present in Dublin.

Among the big names, excellent eliminations for Collin Morikawa (148, +4), fourth in the world ranking, and Bryson DeChambeau (153, +9), who made the event his own in 2018 but has just returned from an operation on his wrist that has kept him away from the green for a long time.