DUBLIN, Ohio Bill Haas played the best golf in the toughest conditions Friday in the rain-delayed Memorial.
When the second round was suspended as dark clouds rolled in and forced the third stoppage in play, defending champion Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were close to each other on the leaderboard, even if they were miles away from Haas, who had a 5-under-par 67.
That didn't bode well for Woods, the five-time Memorial winner who had a most peculiar round in wind and on fast greens. He three-putted from 5 feet for double bogey on the par-5 15th, chopped up the final hole for a bogey and wound up with a 74.
"Tough conditions out there, and I didn't exactly play my best, either," said Woods, who had his worst 36-hole total (145) at the Memorial since he first played it in 1997.
McIlroy was in danger of missing the cut until he ran off five birdies, looking more comfortable with his putts and attacking with his driver. He was 4 under for his round and one shot inside the cut line and one shot behind Woods. McIlroy was in a greenside bunker in two shots at the par-5 15th when play was stopped.
"The major goal today was to try to make it into the weekend," McIlroy said. "I'm on the right track to do that."
The second round was to resume this morning.
The Memorial has a long history of bad weather, and it's a tough spot for it to happen. Slugger White, the tour's vice president of competition, said more storms were expected early this afternoon and into Sunday morning.
Several players have U.S. Open qualifying Monday.
Morning or afternoon, Muirfield Village was no picnic on Friday. The wind was a factor in the morning and it began to increase in strength, while the greens were firm and crispy and required caution even on the shorter putts.
Haas (9-under 135) played through it beautifully, taking advantage of one bad tee shot he thought was headed out of bounds on the par-5 11th. He hit a provisional he didn't need and wound up making a birdie. He also holed a bunker shot for eagle on No. 5.
He was three shots clear of Matt Kuchar, who had a 70, among those who finished the round. Charl Schwartzel, who made 10 birdies in an opening-round 65, struggled on the greens and was 1 over for his day and three shots behind. He had three holes left.
LPGA Tour in Galloway Township, N.J. Three-time NCAA Player of the Year Amanda Blumenherst and LPGA rookie leader Moriya Jutanugarn shot 5-under 66 to top the leaderboard, a stroke ahead of defending champion Stacy Lewis in the ShopRite Classic.
Beating Lewis is not going to be easy. The world's No. 2 player has won twice and posted eight top-10 finishes in 11 events this season.
Michelle Wie, who a decade ago made one of her first appearances on the women's tour as a 13-year-old in this event, was two shots behind.
Champions Tour in Des Moines, Iowa Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf, Dan Forsman and Scott Hoch shot 3-under 69 to share the first-round lead in the Principal Charity Classic.
Hale Irwin, who turns 68 Monday, topped a group of eight at 70. Defending champion Jay Haas opened with a 71, and tour points leader Bernhard Langer had a 72.
European Tour in Stockholm Matteo Manassero remains on track for a second consecutive European Tour win after taking a two-shot lead at the Nordea Masters with a 7-under 65.
NCAA men in Milton, Ga. Top-seeded Cal survived a quarterfinal scare from Pacific-12 Conference rival Arizona State to reach the semifinals.
Brandon Hagy birdied No. 18 after a nearly perfect approach to give the Bears a 3-2 victory and a spot in the semifinals against Illinois. The fifth-seeded Illini beat defending champion Texas 3-2.
Host Georgia Tech will face Alabama, the 2012 runner-up, in the other semifinal.