Tony Finau shook off two early bogeys to post a three-under-par 69 on Friday and maintain a share of the lead alongside Ryan Palmer after the second round of the US PGA Tour Memorial. As reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods struggled with back issues on his way to a four-over-par 76 -- making the halfway cut on the number -- overnight leader Finau and Palmer, who started the day one back, steered a steady course. Finau capped his round with an approach to two feet for his fifth birdie of the day at his final hole, the ninth, finishing 36 holes on nine-under par 135.
"I was really happy with the finish, the way I finished," said Finau, who opened with a bogey at the 10th and dropped another shot at 12 before rolling in an 11-foot birdie putt at the 15th and a two-footer at 17.
"Not the ideal start, but I knew I couldn't look back after 12, just keep on plugging along and try to hit good shot after good shot, and was able to execute a lot better after that," added Finau, who birdied five and seven before his impressive closing flourish.
Palmer also bounced back from an early bogey, notching five birdies in his four-under 68.
They were one stroke in front of Spain's Jon Rahm, who carded a 67 for 136.
Reigning US Open champion Gary Woodland fired a 70 and was two adrift, tied on 138 with Chez Reavie (67) and Luke List (68).
World number two Rahm had six birdies in his five-under effort as he bids to overtake Rory McIlroy atop the world rankings this week.