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“It was a struggle the first two days,” he said. “I played the first two days like I normally play here, to tell you the truth. Last year was a little out of the norm. I don’t know what happened last year.”

Going into last year at the tournament, Stricker had missed more cuts (1) than he had top 10s in 11 Memorials.

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DIVOTS: Joining Watson and McIlroy in missing the cut at 3-over 147 were major winners Louis Oosthuizen and Mike Weir. … Leader Rory Sabbatini had not had back-to-back rounds in the 60s in a PGA Tour event since the Humana in late January. He has birdied the par-3 fourth and par-4 ninth holes _ two of the hardest on the course _ in both rounds of 69. … Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover and Henrik Stenson shot 68s for the low rounds of the day. … First-round leader Scott Stallings followed his 66 with a 73.

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