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Woods favorably compared the way he's playing to what he did at Bay Hill -- his only win in a full-field event since 2009.
"It's better (now) because I'm able to shape the ball both ways and hit the ball correct distances every time," he said. "If you look over the course of my career, that's one thing that I've been very good at -- hitting the ball pin high. The last couple of days, I've done that."
Stallings, the first-round leader, sagged to a 73, while Levin shot a 72 in the gusting winds.
There was almost no comparison after a dry, fast course had an inch of rain dumped on it.
"The golf course that I knew, it's like I've never played here before," Stallings said. "I might as well have not even played a practice round if it's going to be like this."
It won't. Dry and cool conditions are expected for the final 36 holes.
Tied for fifth at 140 were Daniel Summerhays (71) and Jim Furyk, a past Memorial winner whose 68 matched the low round of the day. Next came Jonathan Byrd (70), Trevor Immelman (70), Aaron Baddeley (72), Troy Matteson (69) and Dublin native Kyle Reifers (70). Rickie Fowler, followed around by a legion of young kids wearing lime green or electric orange flat-billed caps, led a logjam at 142. Defending champion Steve Stricker shot a 70 and was at 143.
World No. 1 Luke Donald was at even 144, but No. 2 Rory McIlroy -- the more famous Rory -- had two double-bogeys on the incoming nine and missed his third cut in a row.
"It just seems like every time I go out there I make one or two big numbers," said McIlroy, who is running out of time to get his game in order before defending his U.S. Open title in two weeks at Olympic in San Francisco. "Those big numbers are killing me. I just need to get those off the card and I'll be OK."
McIlroy said he needs a shot of confidence. Sabbatini had his all but wiped out by recent bad play, but it hasn't taken him long to regain it.
Asked what he was thinking heading into Saturday, he said, "I always say 'Let's shoot seven shots better on Saturday than I do on Friday,' so I'll take that."
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