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In the tournament’s 37 years, 39 of the 146 rounds have been delayed, interrupted or canceled because of weather.

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QUOTABLE: Daniel Summerhays, who has won the Nationwide event at Ohio State Scarlet and is in contention at the Memorial, on his mastery of courses Jack Nicklaus has designed or updated: “I’ve played bad on some Nicklaus courses, too.”

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LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD: Kyle Reifers grew up in Dublin, just a few miles from Muirfield Village, where he has played more than 100 times. He always attended the Memorial every year.

In his second appearance at his hometown event, he has steadily climbed the leaderboard and completed a 70 just before darkness fell to stand in the top 10 heading into the weekend.

“I played well; I played really well. I probably played better than my score,” he said. “Still, I’m pleased where I’m sitting under extremely tough conditions.”

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THREE NOT A CHARM: Rory McIlroy ran his missed-cut streak to three tournaments, wilting to a 79 that left him at 6-over 150.

McIlroy, struggling to regain the form that made him a runaway winner at the U.S. Open last summer at Congressional, was stricken by some horrible holes. He had a quadruple-bogey 7 at the signature 12th in the first round and then had two doubles on the homeward nine Friday.

“It just seems that every time I go out there I make one or two big numbers, and that’s what kills me,” he said. “I just need to get those off the card and I’ll be OK.”

He’s running out of time to figure things out; he defends his Open title in just two weeks at Olympic in San Francisco.

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HANGING AROUND: Defending champion Steve Stricker rebounded from a 73 to shoot a 70 and put himself in contention heading into the weekend.

It wasn’t easy. It never is for Stricker at the Memorial _ except for last year.

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