Bubba chasing Casey at Memorial Tournament

Second Round — PGA Tour — the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance — Muirfield Village Golf Club — Dublin, Ohio —

England’s Paul Casey heads into the weekend at the Memorial Tournament with a three-shot lead after back-to-back 66s at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Casey, 97th in the Official World Golf Ranking, is handling the Jack Nicklaus layout with ease to this point to reach 12-under overall. He is three shots clear of Masters champion Bubba Watson. Casey was listed at 100-to-1 odds to win the title to start the week at, but he has been trending lately.

Casey, a former Top 5 player in the world ranking, finished 30th on the European Tour money list in 2013. He recently showed up on the leader board at the Byron Nelson, when was two off the lead after 36 holes. He will be challenged by Bubba this weekend.

Watson is in line for PGA Tour Player of the Year honors with a victory at Augusta and a Riviera already in 2014. Bubba was a 28-1 betting pick this week.

Overnight leader Rory McIlroy was the big story Friday. After a 63 in the opening round, he struggled Friday shooting a 78 including three straight double bogeys at one point. He is T-24 heading into the weekend.

Chris Kirk (8-under) is along in third, while Martin Flores and Hideki Matsuyama are T-4 at 7-under. For Flores and Matsuyama both have challenged to win recently on tour. Matsuyama was tied for the lead last week after three rounds before falling back on Sunday as Adam Scott and Jason Dufner made their charge.

Flores was a 36-hole co-leader at Quail Hollow for the Wells Fargo Championship before finishing third earlier in May.

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  • Scott, the top-ranked player in the world, is coming off a playoff victory last week on the PGA Tour. He is T-10 heading into the weekend at Muirfield Village.
  • Marc Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. share the round one lead at the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic after carding 66s.