Furyk and Byrd Take Lead Going into the Weekend at Memorial

Before getting into who played well today in the second round at the Memorial Tournament, let’s look at who really screwed up. Thomas Aiken, that’s who. You thought I was going to say Luke Donald, didn’t you? Thomas Aiken was tied for second before he started playing golf today, and maybe the pressure got to him. He shot an astounding 11 over and is going home for the weekend.

Speaking of Luke Donald, yes, he kind of blew it today as well, shooting a 4 over 76, but that only dropped him down into a tie for 7th at 4 under for two rounds. It was Jim Furyk who took over the top spot along with Jonathan Byrd. Furyk added a 2 under today to his 5 under yesterday, moving up from a tie for 2nd. Byrd went 4 under today, one stroke off the low round of the day (Chris DiMarco and Matt Kuchar, both of whom moved up to 7th from 48th).

Mike Weir and Mark Wilson are one back at 6 under. Ryuji Imada and Matt Bettencourt are at 5 under. Ernie Els is at 4 under with Davis Love, who shot a 68 today. And for all the hubbub, Tiger Woods shot a what’s-wrong-with-him 2 over. He is at 1 under in a tie for 24th with Rocco Mediate and Paul Casey.

Se Ri Pak held on to her first round lead with a 68 today in the 2009 LPGA State Farm Classic. Yesterday’s co-leader Jee Young Lee fell back one stroke, and Suzann Pettersen moved up to take a share of the lead in her stead. Pettersen shot 6 under today and is at 10 under for the tournament with Pak. Michelle Wie went 4 under to move up into a tie for 16th, four strokes behind the lead with Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel. Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis are at 4 under.

In the Celtic Manor Wales Open, all three co-leaders from the first round fell apart today, and now it’s a Scot and two Brits in the top spots. Scot Richie Ramsay shot a 4 under 67 to take the lead at 7 under. Ross Fisher and Robert Rock, 4th and 9th respectively in the Race to Dubai (kind of like the Fed Ex Cup, but you win more money thanks to the Euro being strong), are tied for 2nd at 6 under. Jeev Milkha Singh is at 5 under, Colin Montgomerie is 4 under, and Corey Pavin barely made the cut.