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  • Big finish sends Allred into weekend at Memorial

  • DUBLIN, Ohio — Jason Allred put together a strong closing stretch for a 4-under-par 68 in the second round of the Memorial Friday, advancing to weekend play.
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  • DUBLIN, Ohio — Jason Allred put together a strong closing stretch for a 4-under-par 68 in the second round of the Memorial Friday, advancing to weekend play.
    The Ashland native, who received a sponsor's exemption to gain entry, got off to a fast start with birdies on three of his first six holes, then tapered off, then got hot again. He birdied three of his last five holes and is tied for 37th place entering today's third round.
    Allred had seven birdies and three bogeys and is 2 under for the tournament, 10 strokes behind leader Paul Casey.
    He tees off at 7:18 Pacific today in a twosome with Chris Stroud.
    Casey figured he'd be chasing Rory McIlroy on Friday. But after two holes, Casey had the lead to himself at Muirfield Village, and that was only the start of another big day. He took advantage of the par 5s for another 66, giving him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson going into the weekend.
    McIlroy, whose 63 was the lowest first round in the 39-year history of the tournament, was barely in the picture. He was 15 shots worse with a 78, courtesy of three straight double bogeys and his fourth straight PGA Tour event with a nine-hole score of 40 or higher. McIlroy went from a three-shot lead to nine shots behind.
    Casey, taking another step on a long road back from injuries that nearly derailed his career, was at 12-under 132.
    He made his first birdie with his best drive of the day on the par-5 11th, setting up a 4-iron onto the green for a two-putt birdie. He made eagle on the par-5 15th hole for the second straight day, and he stuffed it close around the turn for birdies to start pulling away from the field.
    ShopRite LPGA Classic
    At Galloway Township, N.J., Jennifer Johnson matched the course record with a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
    The 22-year-old Johnson, the winner last year in Mobile, Alabama, had 10 birdies — five straight on Nos. 9-13 — and a bogey on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club.
    The only other players to shoot 62 at Seaview were Laura Davies and Jimin Kang in 2005.
    Haru Nomura had a bogey-free 63, and Christina Kim opened with a 64.
    Principal Charity Classic
    At Des Moines, Iowa, Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr. shot 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Principal Charity Classic.
    Calcavecchia, third last year at the Wakonda Club, had three straight birdies on the back nine for his best start of the season. Short birdied the 18th hole to join Calcavecchia atop the leaderboard.
    Bobby Clampett, Peter Senior and Shane Lowery were a stroke back.
    Nordea Masters
    At Malmo, Sweden, Spain's Alvaro Quiros shot a 5-under 67 in the Nordea Masters for a share of the second-round lead with France's Victor Dubuisson and England's Eddie Pepperell.
    They were at 6-under 139 on PGA Sweden National's Lakes Course.
    Second-ranked Henrik Stenson topped the group at 5 under after a 70. The Swede is winless this year after sweeping the European Tour's Race to Dubai and PGA Tour's FedEx Cup last season.
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