Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods fail to fire as Hideki Matsuyama grabs share of the first-round lead at the Memorial
- Matsuyama stormed home to grab a three-way share of the lead at seven under
- Woods toiled with back tightness before rebounding to finish seven shots back
- McIlroy found the water three times in a disappointing opening round of 74
Hideki Matsuyama stormed home to grab a three-way share of the first round lead at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio on Thursday while five-times winner Tiger Woods toiled with back tightness before rebounding to finish seven shots back.
Matsuyama was riding a streak of four straight birdies when he holed out for eagle from 137 yards at the par-four 17th en route to a seven-under 65 that left him tied with Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer at Muirfield Village Golf Club, one shot clear of Beau Hossler.
World No 10 Matsuyama, the 2014 champion, reached the turn at three-under after a trio of birdies but then briefly stumbled with two consecutive bogeys from the 10th before coming home in stellar fashion.
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