Schwartzel takes early lead at Memorial

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 30, 2013

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 05: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa during the second round the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on February 5, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Charl Schwartzel didn't want to see a good round go to waste. A birdie on his final hole in the Memorial allowed him to feel good about his game, and it gave him the early lead on Thursday. Schwartzel bounced back from a double bogey on the par-3 eighth hole with one last birdie for a 7-under 65. That gave him a one-shot lead over Scott Piercy among the early starters on a muggy day. Tiger Woods, the defending champion and a five-time winner, was among those playing in the afternoon. Piercy is one of the longer hitters on tour, so it would seem his game would be a good fit for the Memorial. He hasn't had much luck, so he decided to scale back off the tee. And it worked.
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