Saturday, May 27, 2000

Memorial notebook

Frazar unable to be great again Friday

By Mike DeCourcy
The Cincinnati Enquirer


        DUBLIN, Ohio — On the day the golf course was toughest, Harrison Frazar made it look easy. And when Muirfield Village turned tame Friday, it took a bite or two from the Memorial Tournament's early leader.

        “It seem like yesterday every club I pulled, it was the right club,” Frazar said. “And today I had a lot of clubs that were kind of in-between. It just seemed like I couldn't free-wheel it as much as I was yesterday.”

        Frazar still was not displeased with his round of 69 Friday that, coupled with his 66 in a windy opening round, placed him 9-under par. He was one-stroke behind leader Tiger Woods, who shot a 63 on Friday.

        “It's very tough to follow up a good round,” Frazar said. “That thought entered my mind last night ... that yesterday was one of the best rounds I've ever played. And I knew it was going to be tough to come out because I was still somewhat thinking about yesterday. If you think about the past too much, you stay there.”

        RISING SON: It is a mark of Gary Nicklaus' rapid progress as a PGA Tour pro that he has ignored the distractions of playing in his first Memorial to stand 4-under and in contention as the weekend dawns.

        Nicklaus' father designed the course and founded the tournament, and there've been so many questions about his first appearance in the field. He was ready for that. He was not prepared for his mother's sudden illness — a case of kidney stones that caused her to be taken to the hospital for tests.

        Assured his mother would be fine, Nicklaus recovered from a bogey at the second hole to fire a 68. He stands five shots behind Frazar.

        “I played real solid, hit a lot of good shots,” Nicklaus said. “I'm obviously within range; it's not out of reach for me to get there.”

        NOTABLE: Frank Lickliter, formerly of Franklin, birdied the 11th and 12th holes to key a second-round 71 that enabled him to make the cut for the third consecutive year.

        „Tournament founder Jack Nicklaus shot a 73 Friday for a two-round total of 148 that placed him just inside the cut line.

        „Among the notable players to miss the cut were Fuzzy Zoeller and John Daly, both of whom ended at 6-over par.


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