Round up: McIlroy and Power five back; Rafferty and Walton contending

PGA Tour — Rory McIlroy added a bogey at the 18th to two frustrating bogey sixes to lose momentum in the weather delayed Memorial at Muirfield Village.

The world No 3 again putted well and had five birdies in a two under 70 that could have been a few shots better had he not bogeyed the par-five seventh and 11th and the dropped another shot at the 18th for a 70 that left him tied 21st, on nine under.

The four time major winner is five shots behind leaders William McGirt (64), Gary Woodland (69) and Matt Kuchar (70), who head the pack by one on 14 under par after another stop-start day in Ohio.

With 20 players were separated by four shots and with McIlroy in a nine man group that’s five behind, anything could happen on Sunday.

However, it’s likely that McIlroy will need one of his extraordinary final rounds to win for the second outing running in what is his last start before the US Open.

World No 1 Jason Day, a Muirfield Village member who has never finished in the top 25 at the Memorial, double bogeyed the 18th for a 68 but is still just three off the pace on 10 under.

As for Jordan Spieth, a 74 left him 10 behind.


Power five back Tour — Seamus Power is just five shots behind leaders Dominic Bozzelli (64) and Blake Adams (67) with a round to go in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.
The West Waterford man, already ninth in the race for 15 cards via the money list thanks to his maiden win earlier this year, is tied for eighth at Corales Golf Club after making an eagle and five birdies in a six under 66.
At 15 under par, Power is just five behind the pace-setters who lead by one stroke on 20 under par from Germany’s Stephan Jaeger.
Chris Williams. Picture: Getty Images

Chris Williams. Picture: Getty Images

Walton hits route 66 in Wales

European Senior Tour — Ronan Rafferty is just five off the lead and tied for sixth but Philip Walton’s four under 66 catapulted him to tied 11th in the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open.

South Africa’s Chris Williams carded a two under par 68 to maintain his two shot lead going into the final round on the Celtic Manor Resort’s Roman Road course.

Rafferty dropped four shots in his last six holes — three on the 16th and 17th — to slip to tied sixth as Walton moved up to within six of the leader on one under.

Denis O’Sullivan is 12 behind after a 73 with Brendan McGovern’s 77 leaving him on 148 and tied 43rd.

After round two

133 C Williams (RSA) 65 68, 
135 P Broadhurst (Eng) 70 65, 
136 L Zhang (Chn) 67 69, 
137 A Bossert (Sui) 68 69, M Mackenzie (Eng) 67 70, 
138 D Gilford (Eng) 70 68, R Rafferty (Nir) 68 70, P Fowler (Aus) 70 68, P Linhart (Esp) 69 69, M Atlevi (Swe) 69 69, 
139 S Tinning (Den) 69 70, J Kingston (RSA) 69 70, P Walton (Irl) 73 66,

Other Irish

  • 145 D O’Sullivan (Irl) 72 73, 
  • 148  B McGovern (Irl) 71 77,
  • 149 D Smyth (Irl) 74 75, 
  • 158 E Darcy (Irl) 77 81,