DUBLIN, Ohio — Collin Morikawa had one other favorable outcome at Muirfield Village on a golf course that seemed and sounded so much totally different from when he received final yr.
Morikawa felt good vibes from an previous putter and posted a 6-under 66 in rain-softened situations Thursday morning on the Memorial. That gave him a one-shot lead over Adam Lengthy amongst early starters, with Xander Schauffele within the group two pictures behind.
The climate was unhealthy sufficient that the primary spherical was suspended twice, with solely half the sector ending the spherical.
For Morikawa, the identify of the match is totally different, too. He received a playoff at Muirfield Village final yr within the Workday Charity Open, a one-time occasion to interchange the pandemic-canceled John Deere Traditional.
However there is a consolation stage on the course Jack Nicklaus constructed, regardless of how a lot it has been renovated and reshaped. It was noisy Thursday because the match has let at the very least 25% capability of followers on the course.
Jon Rahm is the defending champion on the Memorial and confronted a far stronger take a look at. Nicklaus knew he was going to be redoing the fairways and greens, so he allow them to go for the Memorial and situations have been as robust as a U.S. Open.
Rahm did okay within the mushy situations with a 69, tied with British Open champion Shane Lowry, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, who wants a runner-up end to maneuver into the highest 60 on this planet rating and keep away from U.S. Open qualifying on Monday.
Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy did not make it previous a few holes earlier than the climate stopped every thing. They may return Friday morning to complete the primary spherical, after which head proper again out for the second spherical.
The forecast was higher for the remainder of the week, and darkness does not set in till about 9 p.m.
Matt Kuchar withdrew when he was 9 over after 14 holes for what the PGA Tour described as a left forearm harm.