DUBLIN, OHIO Justin Leonard and Harrison Frazar, roommates their freshmen year at the University of Texas and best friends ever since, could not have asked for a better situation at the Memorial Tournament.
They were atop the leaderboard heading into a suddenly soggy weekend.
And Tiger Woods was nowhere near them.
Leonard surged to a one-stroke lead Friday with an eagle and a tap-in birdie on consecutive holes late in his round for a 7-under 65, his best score in 27 trips around Muirfield Village.
Frazar also had a 65 and finished one stroke behind, a rare occasion when the Texas-Exes get to play together on the PGA Tour in contention, no less.
"We can't get too friendly out there and forget what we're trying to do," Leonard said.
Woods shot 2-under 70, leaving him 10 strokes behind 37 players between him and Leonard.
Jack Nicklaus, 62, who wasn't even sure he would tee it up Thursday, was in a tie for ninth at one point Friday until a mid-round collapse. Still, the Olden Bear had a 74 and made the cut for the first time in two years on the PGA Tour.
Leonard was at 10-under 134. Frazar had eight birdies in his round of 65.