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Kuchar, Steele lead Memorial, where big names lurk

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Brendan Steele and Matt Kuchar lead the way at the Memorial, where a host of big names, including Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth, are all in the hunt heading into the weekend. Here's where things stand through 36 holes at Muirfield Village:

Leaderboard: Steele (-12), Kuchar (-12), Emiliano Grillo (-11), Gary Woodland (-11), Harold Varner III (-9), Jon Curran (-9), Kevin Streelman (-9), Dustin Johnson (-9)

What it means: Kuchar is continuing a run of career-long success at this event. The champion in 2013 has seven top-15 finishes at Muirfield and is set up to compete this weekend for his first win since the 2014 RBC Heritage. Steele, 33, hasn't won since his rookie season in 2011, but he's adding to his game with the help of Phil Mickelson and looking to move up from No. 82 in the world. Behind them, some of the biggest names in the world - Johnson (-9), Day (-7), Mickelson (-7), McIlroy (-7), and Spieth (-6) - are within six shots with two rounds to play.

Round of the day: Gary Woodland fired a 7-under 65 to get to 11 under through two days, just one back of the lead. Woodland made six birdies, including four in a row across his second nine on Nos. 4-7, an eagle and just one bogey.

Best of the rest: Four players - Kuchar, Grillo, McIlroy and Adam Hadwin - shot 6-under 66. Following an opening 71, McIlroy, once again using a conventional putter grip, poured in eight birdies against two bogeys.

Biggest disappointment: After recording a win and a tie for fifth in his first two starts at Muirfield, Hideki Matusyama will miss the weekend this year after rounds of 74-73. Other notables to miss the 2-under cut include Bill Haas (-1), Ernie Els (E), Rickie Fowler (E), Kevin Kisner (+3), Paul Casey (+3), and Justin Thomas (+10). This is Fowler's second straight missed cut and third MC in his last five starts.

Shot of the day: Bubba Watson made the cut on the number thanks in part to this blind approach out of the fairway bunker from 172 yards:

Watson needed that birdie - and the other six he made Friday - to stay in the tournament after a double bogey on 18 dropped him to 2 under.

Quote of the day: “We are going to explore every avenue to make sure we make an educated decision before we go down there.” - Day, who admitted Friday that the Zika virus has him retconsidering whether or not to participate in the Olympics