Sabbatini takes slender lead in Ohio

Saturday, 2 June 2012
Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini

South Africa's Rory Sabbatini holds a one-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

Sabbatini matched his first round 69 on Friday, shooting even par through the front nine and grabbing four birdies on the back nine.

Australian Aaron Baddeley is three shots off the pace on three-under in a share of seventh position after he could only manage an even-par second round of 72.

Baddeley's compatriots Adam Scott and Greg Chalmers are both a shot further behind on two-under.

First-round leader Scott Stallings, Spencer Levin and Tiger Woods trail Sabbatini by one shot.

The wet conditions and gusting winds presented players with much different playing conditions from the first round.

"It was a trying day out there today and I managed to stay patient," Sabbatini said of his round.

"That's all that I can do."

Woods was also happy with his round.

"I'm pleased with the way I played today," he said.

"And yeah, I missed a couple out there, but overall, I knew in these conditions to shoot something in the 60s was going to be a pretty good effort."

Two shots off the pace are Americans Daniel Summerhays and Jim Furyk.

One shot further back, with a two-round total of 141, is a group of five - Troy Matteson, Jonathan Byrd and Kyle Reifers, from the US, South Africa's Trevor Immelman and Baddeley.

England's Luke Donald, the world number one, is on 144, while Rory McIlroy missed his third consecutive cut with a second-round 79.