Ryan Moore Leads the Memorial After Day One

Ryan Moore Leads Memorial
Ryan Moore watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 30, 2019 in Dublin, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Ryan Moore shot a 65 on Thursday at Muirfield Village, and will take a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth into day two of the Memorial Tournament.

The 36-year old UNLV product signed for a bogey-free scorecard comprised of 11 pars and seven birdies, highlighted by four-straight gains on Nos. 4- 7, to secure the day’s marquee position at 7-under par.

“It was just a good solid day. Really capitalized on opportunities for the most part. Just hit some good shots and had some reasonable chances for birdie. And in the five- to eight-foot range, they seemed to be lipping out, and today they lipped in a couple of times and kept the momentum going. And was able to make a couple putts outside that range, which is always a nice bonus,” said Moore, who is looking for his first win since the 2016 John Deere Classic.

“To go bogey-free around this place is something you’re going to be happy with. It was a good, solid round of golf.”

Spieth was one back after an impressive round of 66 which included five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 5th hole. It was the 25-year old Texan’s fourth-straight sub-70 opening round, going back to the Byron Nelson.

“6-under around Muirfield I’d take any day of the week, no matter what form you’re coming into it with,” said Spieth. “I felt like I hit more fairways today, gave me some more opportunities, and the putter stayed hot.”

A group of five players were one further back at 5-under par, including Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman, Martin Kaymer, Vaughn Taylor, and Bud Cauley.

Rounding out the top 10 were Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Russell Knox, Andrew Putnam, Patrick Cantlay, and Danny Willett, who were tied for eighth at 4-under par.

Rickie Fowler was among a 10-player logjam at 3-under par, one clear of Tiger Woods, who opened with a 2-under 70, alongside Phil Mickelson.

Returning from the injury list, Justin Thomas posted a 1-under 71 in his first action since the Masters. Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott were a couple of the other marquee names, alongside Thomas, in the T30 group.

Top-ranked headliners Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose all struggled to opening rounds of 3-over 75 and will have work to do on Friday to make the weekend at Jack’s Place.

2019 Memorial Tournament

Top 10: Round One

1. Ryan Moore -7
2. Jordan Spieth -6
3. Anirban Lahiri -5
3. Marc Leishman -5
3. Martin Kaymer -5
3. Vaughn Taylor -5
3. Bud Cauley -5
8. Kyoung-Hoon Lee -4
8. Russell Knox -4
8. Andrew Putnam -4
8. Patrick Cantlay -4
8. Danny Willett -4
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Stat Leaders: Round One

Driving: Cam Champ – 314.2 yards
Fairways: Matt Fitzpatrick – 14/14, 100%
Greens: Tyrrell Hatton – 16/18, 88.9%
Putts/GIR: Martin Trainer – 1.444
Birdies: Gary Woodland – 8

Video: Round-One Highlights

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