DUBLIN, Ohio — The first sign of hope at the Memorial came from the scoreboard, which showed Mathew Goggin coming back to the pack after a blazing start. The second sign came from a gray sky that promised relief from a brutal test of golf.
Goggin birdied four of the first five holes before strapping in for a wild ride of birdies and bogeys that ultimately added up to an even-par 72 that tied him for the lead with two-time champion and Kentuckian Kenny Perry, who recovered from a rugged start for a 71.
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They were at 7-under 137, one shot clear of Jerry Kelly.
All those scores seemed so much lower on a Muirfield Village course that felt like a major with its ankle-deep rough that swallowed up errant shots and greens as slick as glass.
Only three players broke 70 on Friday, with 20 players who couldn't break 80.
Perry faced the brunt of the wind, and it showed when he bogeyed three of his first five holes, slipping down the leader board with so many others. But on the par-5 15th, he hooked a 3-wood into the gallery — a good place to miss because the pin was to the right — then watched his chip from the hill tumble into the cup on its last turn for eagle.
”Hit the shot of my life to keep the ship from sinking,“ he said.
A birdie on the par-3 eighth allowed him to salvage a 71 and a share of the lead. But the 47-year-old Perry sure didn't look like he had just played a round of golf on a beautiful course.
”I'm tired,“ he said. ”I'm mentally tired right now. That was a very stressful round to try to hang in there and keep it together.“
Webb has share of Ginn lead
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — Karrie Webb shot a 66 Friday and shared the lead at 13-under with Sophie Gustafson (65) after two rounds of the LPGA Ginn Tribute. Annika Sorenstam also had a 66, her lowest score in six career rounds at RiverTowne Country Club, and moved from a tie for 60th Thursday into a tie for eighth in the tournament she hosts.
Wie shoots 69 in Germany
MUNICH, Germany — Michelle Wie shot a 3-under 69 Friday to keep pace at the Ladies German Open, where she was tied for sixth and three shots off the lead after the rain-delayed second round. Lora Fairclough of England had a 68 to take the lead at 10-under 134.
U.S. takes Curtis Cup lead
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Amanda Blumenherst and Stacy Lewis each won two matches Friday to help the Americans take a 4-2 lead against Great Britain & Ireland at the Curtis Cup.
The United States has not lost these amateur matches since 1996.
Eaks, Nielsen share lead
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — R.W. Eaks and Lonnie Nielsen shot 5-under 66s to share the first-round lead at the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour on Friday. Joey Sindelar, Tom Purtzer, Kirk Hanefeld and Mark McNulty are one stroke back at 4-under 67.