Cantlay and Rahm share Memorial lead

05 June 2021 18:53:59 GMTPlus10

American Patrick Cantlay battled through a marathon Friday to share the clubhouse lead with Jon Rahm at the halfway stage of The Memorial Tournament.

Cantlay knows what it takes to win at Muirfield Village after winning at the iconic venue in 2019, and he played 33 holes on Friday and battled his way to the top of the leaderboard, with the 29-year-old now 1.50 to win the tournament.

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After Thursday's round was suspended twice due to the threat of lightning, the world number 15 had to play the final 15 holes of his opening round, where he scored a 69. He then posted a second-round five-under 67 to move onto eight-under-par, but Rahm then joined him as a late starter.

Rahm only completed 13 holes of his second round, and the Spaniard will need to catch up on Saturday morning, along with 43 other players.

Scottie Scheffler sits alone in third place, while Carlos Ortiz, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler share fourth on five-under-par.

Branden Grace, Lucas Herbert, Tony Finau, Jim Herman, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa and Rafa Cabrera Bello complete the top ten.

The headlines belonged to Cantlay, though, who looks to have found his rhythm after a tough few weeks.

He has not recorded a top ten finish since the Pebble Beach Pro-Am seven tournaments ago, but the Californian says he has only had to make minor changes.

He told the PGA Tour official website: "We're out there for such a long time today that you could fall asleep at the wheel a little bit. So being cognizant of that and checking in with yourself — are you as focused as you can be? — I think is the key.

"Just fundamentals and getting my swing back to a place that I can start the ball where I'm looking all the time. I wasn't too far off, just a little off. So golf's like that sometimes."

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