While his own country is hosting its signature event – the Nordea Masters – this weekend, Sweden’s David Lingmerth is looking right at home at The Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
Lingmerth fired a 7-under 65 Friday to take the lead at the tournament’s halfway point. He is one of four players at least 10 strokes under par.
After parring his first six holes, Lingmerth birdied three in a row and then four more between No. 12 and No. 18.
The 27-year-old is in his third year on the Tour, but has missed the cut at four of his previous five events. His best finish on the PGA Tour this season was 13th at Bay Hill.
Jason Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship winner, is one stroke back at 11-under after shooting a 67.
Dufner was 3-under after 11, then double bogeyed No. 12 to drop to 1-under. He followed with a crazy sequence of a birdie on No. 14, an eagle-3 on No. 15 and an ace on 16 to gain back five strokes, only to bogey 17 to fall out of the lead.
The best round of the day belonged to England’s Andy Sullivan, who fired an 8-under 64 with eight birdies and no bogeys. He’s tied for third with the US’ Ryan Moore, who shot his second straight 67.
Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, who was the co-leader after one day with a 64, fell back to tied for fifth after hitting a 71. He’s one six players, including Justin Rose, at 9-under. His Day One co-leader, Bo Van Pelt, shot a 72 to drop to 8-under for the field, tied for 11th.
World No. 2 Jordan Spieth is tied for 16th at 6-under, 6 shots off the lead, after hitting a 70 on Friday. Spieth was sensational on the front nine, 5-under at the turn, then shot the back nine 3-over.
Phil Mickelson shot a 68 and is 4-under, tied for 34th. Former No. 1 Tiger Woods just made the cut at 1-over with a 70 on the day. He was 3-under through four and 4-under through 14, but bogeyed two of his last three holes.