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Collin Morikawa posted a six-under 66 to carry a one-shot lead after at a stormy Memorial Match, the place play was suspended a number of occasions as a result of risk of lightning; Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth solely capable of full two holes of their opening rounds

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A glance again at one of the best of the motion from Collin Morikawa’s opening spherical at The Memorial, the place a six-under 66 noticed him set the clubhouse goal

A glance again at one of the best of the motion from Collin Morikawa’s opening spherical at The Memorial, the place a six-under 66 noticed him set the clubhouse goal

Collin Morikawa set the clubhouse goal and sits high of the leaderboard after a weather-disrupted opening day at The Memorial.

The previous PGA Champion blended seven birdies with a lone bogey throughout his opening-round 66 at Muirfield Village in Ohio, taking him to 6 underneath and a shot away from Adam Lengthy.

Xander Schauffele was one in all 4 gamers within the morning wave to card a four-under 68, whereas world No 2 Justin Thomas and defending champion Jon Rahm each began their weeks with opening-round 69s.

Jon Rahm moved to world No 1 for the first time with victory at Muirfield Village in 2020

Jon Rahm moved to world No 1 for the primary time with victory at Muirfield Village in 2020

Play was halted for 2 hours simply after 12.45pm native time (5.45pm BST) as a result of risk of lightning and was suspended for a second time at 4.17pm (9.17pm), which means the entire afternoon starters must return on Friday morning to finish their first rounds.

Morikawa, who gained the Workday Charity Open on the identical venue final summer season, adopted a 12-foot birdie on the twelfth with back-to-back beneficial properties from the 14th earlier than bogeying the 18th to show in 34.

Morikawa was playing alongside Rahm and Xander Schauffele on Thursday

Morikawa was enjoying alongside Rahm and Xander Schauffele on Thursday

The 24-year-old transformed from 10 toes on the first to start out a run of three consecutive birdies and took benefit of the par-five fifth simply earlier than play was suspended for the primary time, with Morikawa returning after the delay to complete with three pars and keep high of the leaderboard.

“It matches my eye off the tee rather a lot,” Morikawa mentioned in regards to the course. “There’s solely a pair tee pictures the place I won’t be capable to hit my reduce in addition to I wish to. If I preserve it within the fairway, I really feel like I am hitting form of a variety of 9-irons, 8-irons and 7-irons and that is form of what I’ve based mostly my sport on the previous couple years.

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Morikawa displays on an encouraging opening-round 66 at The Memorial and explains the modifications made to the course since final 12 months’s contest at Muirfield Village

Morikawa displays on an encouraging opening-round 66 at The Memorial and explains the modifications made to the course since final 12 months’s contest at Muirfield Village

“When I can put these irons in my palms, I really feel like I can assault pins, I might be sensible and provides myself possibly some nearer birdies than different guys can and clearly we rolled in a number of at the moment and simply received to maintain that up.”

Lengthy birdied 4 of his opening seven holes on his option to a five-under 67 and Schauffele was additionally two off the tempo till he bogeyed his penultimate gap, leaving him alongside Bo Hoag, Nick Taylor and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Schauffele is currently fifth in the world rankings

Schauffele is at present fifth on the planet rankings

Thomas survived a disappointing placing show, the place he missed three probabilities from inside 5 toes, to signal for a gap 69, with Rahm, Shane Lowry and Rickie Fowler among the many different gamers 4 pictures again.

Bryson DeChambeau was among the many later starters and was two underneath after three holes of his spherical when play was stopped, whereas Jordan Spieth is within the group on one underneath and Rory McIlroy over par for his spherical after an opening-hole bogey.

Play had been as a result of restart for a 3rd time at 6.30pm (11.30pm BST), just for the horn to sound once more simply as gamers returned to the course. PGA Tour officers suspended play for the day simply over 10 minutes later, with the spherical set to proceed at 7.30am (12.30pm) on Friday.

Watch The Memorial Match all through the week reside on Sky Sports activities. Reside protection continues on Friday with Featured Teams from 12.30pm on Sky Sports activities Golf.



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