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World No. 3 Cameron Smith has a piece of Tiger Woods history in his sights after firing a three-under 69 amid tough scoring conditions to forge a narrow lead at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
Smith was one of six co-leaders after Thursday's opening round. Now he stands alone at eight under, one shot ahead of Denny McCarthy and South Korea's K.H. Lee.
Nobody shot lower than a four-under 68 Friday at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Billy Horschel's 68 was the only round without a bogey so far this week, and it moved him into a tie for fourth at six under with Davis Riley (71), Cameron Young (71), Luke List (71) and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas (69).
Smith's last birdie of the day came from off the green at the par-3 12th.
His chip barely landed on the green, and it rode a downslope from there for a holeout of almost 36 feet.
"Really happy with where my short game's at," Smith said. "I feel like I'm rolling the ball really good.
"Just need to sort out that longer stuff. Didn't really hit many fairways on the back greens, but just need to hit a few balls and sort it out."
If Smith goes on to win the tournament, he'd join Woods (2001) as the only men to win the Players Championship and the Memorial in the same season.
Smith said "there's no reason why I shouldn't be" near the top of the leaderboard each week now.
"I'm playing some of the best golf of my life, and I feel I'm getting more consistent with the longer stuff," he said. "So just looking forward to everything coming up."
Lee won last month's AT&T Byron Nelson and continued his stellar stretch of form with a 67 and a 70 in his first two rounds in Ohio. He made four birdies and two bogeys.
McCarthy, meanwhile, is ranked No.145 and in search of his first win on tour.
Starting on the back nine, he made three birdies in a five-hole stretch and finished the day with five birdies against two bogeys for a 69.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (69) is tied for ninth at five under with Francesco Molinari of Italy (68) and Keith Mitchell (69). World No.2 Jon Rahm of Spain (70) is tied for 24th at two under.
Canada's Adam Hadwin made the first hole-in-one of his PGA Tour career, knocking a secen iron at the par-3 16th right in line with the flagstick. He shot a 68 to get to even par, tied for 39th with Viktor Hovland of Norway, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and others.
Jason Day (71-74, one over) is tied 48th, with Cam Davis (71-75) a shot further back.
Adam Scott (71-76) and Lucas Herbert (70-76) made the two-over cut on the line.