Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama ran off four straight birdies on the back nine for an eight-under-par 64 and shared the lead at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, on Thursday with rejuvenated Bo Van Pelt.
Matsuyama was surprised to make so many birdies. He said he was driving, chipping and putting poorly going into the first round.
“To be honest with you, up until yesterday I was not hitting the ball very well, I was not chipping very well, I was not putting very well,” Matsuyama said through a translator. “And I don't know what happened overnight. We just caught magic.”
Tiger Woods was surprised for other reasons. He felt he was hitting...