Dublin, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Paul Casey carded a second-straight six-under-par 66 in the second round to take a three-stroke lead at the Memorial Tournament Friday.
Casey fired six birdies and an eagle on the 15th but had two bogeys at the par-72 7,392-yard Muirfield Village Golf Club to grab the lead over Bubba Watson, who bogeyed the final two holes for a 69.
Chris Kirk followed his opening-round 66 with a 70 to slip one spot to third, four strokes behind Casey.
Hideki Matsuyama carded a 67 to climb from 17th to fourth while tied for sixth were Thorbjorn Olesen, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Moore and Scott Langley, six strokes behind the leader.
Bunched in 10th place were Camilo Villegas, Scott Brown, Brendon Todd, Gary Woodland, Adam Scott, Robert Streb and Marc Leishman.
First round leader Rory McIlroy, who held a three-shot advantage over Casey, Watson and Kirk, dropped to a share of 25th place after a 78.
After carding a 63 in the first round, McIlroy had a rocky star on No. 10, making three straight double-bogeys on Nos. 13 to 15.
McIlroy refused to blame his bad outing on the knee injury that he suffered in the first round.
“I felt it a little bit, but didn’t really bother me too much,” said McIlroy. “Even though I had such a bad day, I’m still in with a chance depending on what the guys do this afternoon. So going into the weekend, not exactly where I want to be. But could be worse.”