Ryan Moore’s 65 leads by 1 at Memorial as Tiger Woods rallies for 70

Tiger Woods got off to a slower start than he would have liked Thursday at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. That had more do with a stopwatch than a scorecard.

Ryan Moore opened with five birdies in seven holes and did not miss a fairway after the first one, posting a 7-under-par 65 for his best start in his 14th appearance at Muirfield Village. He was one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, who chipped in for birdie, chipped in for par and holed a 35-foot eagle putt.

Woods made two late birdies to salvage a 70 in his first round since missing the cut at the PGA Championship. He played his back nine in a foursome with Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose and a rules official in a cart timing them because they were so far out of position.

Phil Mickelson, using two drivers this week to go after longer tee shots on a half-dozen holes, opened with a 70.

U.S. Women’s Open: Japan’s Mamiko Higa shot the lowest round in a U.S. Women’s Open debut, a bogey-free 6-under 65 that gave her a one-shot lead over American amateur Gina Kim, a Duke sophomore, and Germany’s Esther Henseleit in Charleston, S.C.

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