DUBLIN, Ohio – Mother Nature finally won, with an approaching storm halting play at the Memorial at just past 7 p.m. (ET) for the day’s third weather interruption.
Bill Haas leads, at 9 under after a second-round 67 earlier in the day; Tiger Woods made it to the weekend, but only after a late rally to post a 74; and Rory McIlroy, who appeared to play his way out of a weekend tee time with an opening 78, was suddenly starting to look like, well Rory McIlroy.
Forty-two players had not finished their second rounds when the horn sounded. Round 2 is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday and players will be sent off the first and 10th tees for the third round.
Despite the threatening skies, McIlroy probably wanted to keep plugging along. He was 4 under through 14 holes and just short of the green in two shots at the par-5 15th when he was rushed off the golf course.
Woods, on the other hand, was likely more than happy to be done with his round. The world No. 1 bogeyed the 13th, double bogeyed the 15th and narrowly avoided disaster at his final hole (the ninth) to finish at 1 over and make it to the weekend.
“I’m not too disappointed with it. I’m not that far off. On a golf course like this, with the wind gusts like this, it’s tough,” Woods said.
Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel and Kyle Stanley were all on the course when play was stopped and tied for second place at 6 under par. Matt Kuchar, one of the hottest players following his runner-up showing last week at Colonial, was also at 6 under par following a 2-under 70.