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DUBLIN, Ohio -- As David Duval waited to clean up a par on the 18th hole, he looked up at a private jet soaring over Muirfield Village. That's usually where he's been Friday afternoons this year on the PGA Tour -- on his way home.
 
Not this time.
 
David DuvalDuval shot a 72 on Friday and was at 1-over 145, easily making the cut. It was the first time he made the cut since the Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club three months ago.
 
'My goal is not to make cuts,' Duval said. 'Considering how I've been playing, certainly this is a positive step. I'm more pleased with how I played.'
 
The Memorial Tournament will be only his third check of the year. In 11 previous tournaments, he made the cut at Riviera and tied for 33rd at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, the equivalent of getting beat in the first round.
 
'It's hard to continually improve if you don't play on the weekend,' he said.
 
Duval has been working with David Leadbetter, and he says his game is turning around. It might be time to believe him.
 
NICKLAUS NOT HAPPY
 
For the second straight day, John Daly threw caution to the wind and drove a ball over the green at the 363-yard 14th hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
 
Then Jack Nicklaus threw a fit.
 
Told that Daly had gunned for the green and flown it in both rounds, Nicklaus expressed anger at ball technology which he said is making many courses obsolete.
 
Jack Nicklaus'Now is that absurd?' the course designer and tournament host said Friday. 'It's not Daly; it's the golf ball. To have a golf ball that will do that is just ruining the game of golf. It's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. I know John can hit it, and more power to John. You take advantage of what equipment you've got. If you don't, you're crazy.
 
'But how do you make a golf course defend that? You don't. It takes all the strategy out of play. It takes everything you've done to prepare out of play. I just don't think that's right for the game of the golf.'
 
The par-4 14th has a vast landing area in front of a creek that bisects the hole about 230 yards from the tee. The prevailing wisdom is to hit a safe shot off the tee, then hit a mid to short iron into the narrow green that is guarded on the left by bunkers and the right by the creek.
 
Daly birdied the hole in the first round after driving into the back bunker -- near where reigning Masters winner Mike Weir was contemplating a shot.
 
In Friday's second round, Daly again hit driver off the tee. His ball came to rest 352 yards away, again in the back bunker, just 38 feet from the pin.
 
From there, however, things unraveled.
 
Daly blasted out past the hole, the ball running into the fringe. He chipped 3 1/2 feet past and missed his par putt coming back. The bogey was one of four he had on the back nine while shooting a 1-over 73 that left him at 3-under 141.
 
'I'm driving the ball very well, real straight and long,' Daly said. 'My putting has been really bad.'
 
Nicklaus made it clear he wasn't angry at Daly, but rather advanced ball technology that has turned 160-pounders into bombers off the tee.
 
'It's the biggest issue I've seen in golf,' said Nicklaus, who has designed almost 300 courses on every continent. 'It's discouraging to do golf courses all over the world like I do and have them be obsolete the week after you open them -- only because of the golf ball.'
 
WOOSIE OUT
 
Ian Woosnam of Wales withdrew from U.S. Open qualifying next week, replaced by someone who is willing to travel even farther.
 
Woosnam faced the prospect of flying over the Atlantic to play 36 holes on Tuesday in Maryland, then return to Europe if he missed the cut.
 
The first alternate at Woodmont Country Club is Masao Nakajima of Tokyo, who is playing in Japan this week. He must leave immediately after the tournament to make it to Woodmont for the final stage of qualifying.
 
DIVOTS
 
Paul Azinger followed an opening 69 with a 79 and missed the cut.
 
Asked what he would do after missing the cut, Nicklaus said, 'You know a good place to fish around here?'
 
After making the cut in his first appearance at the Memorial, Lee Westwood said, 'I'd heard about the milkshakes as much as I'd heard about the course.'
 
Leader Kenny Perry has the same 36-hole score (11-under 133) as when he won the Memorial in 1991.
 
Chris Smith was paired with Tiger Woods each of the first two rounds, but took credit for the huge galleries. 'A lot of people came out to watch me this week,' he said with a laugh.
 
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