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  • Associated Press Co-leader Martin Kaymer tees off on the eighth hole during the second round of the Memorial on Friday in Dublin, Ohio.

Saturday, June 01, 2019 1:00 am

Golf

Kaymer birdies par 5s, shares lead

Associated Press

DUBLIN, Ohio – Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer is tied for the lead going into the weekend at the Memorial.

Kaymer, who hasn't won in two years, kept it simple Friday with birdies on all the par 5s, a tee shot to 10 feet on a dangerous right pin at the par-3 12th and a bogey on his final hole at Muirfield Village for a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead with Troy Merritt (66) and Kyoung-Hoon Lee (67).

They were at 9-under 135.

“I distract myself,” Kaymer said. “I listen too much to other people, and also a bit of belief. Sometimes, you would think I won so many big tournaments I should have so much belief in myself that I can win any week. ... The last two years, I was just not there. I just didn't believe that I could win the tournament I'm playing.”

Jordan Spieth had a 70 and was another shot behind.

Tiger Woods had a chance to be a lot closer to the mix than seven shots except for the par-5 15th. He was in the shaggy rough on a hill above the green in two, and took five to get down for a double bogey. Woods had to settle for a 72.

“I just wasn't able to get anything really going,” Woods said.

U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: In Charleston, South Carolina, Mamiko Higa of Japan birdied three of her final six holes after a nearly two-hour weather delay to shoot an even-par 71 and maintain a one-shot lead in the suspended second round.

A day after shooting a 65 for the lowest debut round in tournament history, Higa was a stroke behind Jessica Korda when thunderstorms and lightning caused play to be suspended at the Country Club of Charleston. When things resumed, Higa rediscovered her first-round touch to regain the lead over Korda at 6 under with a 14-footer on her final hole.

There were 45 players on the course when play was halted due to darkness. They'll finish today before third-round play starts.

Korda shot a 68, her lowest score in 38 career rounds in the major tournament.

American amateur Gina Kim had a 72 to join Celine Boutier of France at 4 under. Boutier has four holes to play.

CHAMPIONS: In Des Moines, Iowa, Scott Parel matched the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead in the Principal Charity Classic.

Parel tied the Wakonda Club mark set by Billy Andrade in 2016.

Chris DiMarco shot 65, Andrade was at 66, and Darren Clarke and David Toms topped the group at 67.

Money leader Scott McCarron, the winner in Des Moines three years ago, had a 70. Ken Tanigawa, the Senior PGA Championship winner last week by a shot over McCarron, opened with a 72.