Cameron Smith – file photo – a win or runner-up finish this week would move him to # 2 in the world – PGA of America

Cameron Smith has the halfway lead at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin in Ohio, the current world # 3 perhaps on track, if he should win or finish runner-up this week, to move ahead of Jon Rahm and into second position in the world ranking.

It has been a phenomenal season to date for Smith with two wins and two other top five finishes in just eight starts to date and having begun the year in 21st place in the ranking his progress has been stunning.

Today Smith added a second round of 69 to his opening 67 at Muirfield Village and at 8 under par he leads by one over Denny McCarthy and K.H. Lee.

Despite his lead, Smith was a little unhappy with his ball striking and indicated he will be working on that aspect later today.

“I’m just happy with the way I stuck in there,” said the Players Champion. “Really happy with where my short game’s at. I feel like I’m rolling the ball really good. Just need to sort out that longer stuff. Didn’t really hit many fairways on the back greens, but just need to hit a few balls and sort it out.

“I think my game’s in a good spot. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be. I’m playing some of the best golf of my life, and I feel I’m getting more consistent with the longer stuff. So just looking forward to everything coming up.

“I think mentally I’m in a really good spot. I think I’ve got a few things to tidy up still with my longer stuff. I feel as though I’m getting more and more consistent week in, week out.

“But just really happy. I think I can do a few things here and there to really tidy up that longer stuff and really stay on top of it.”

“I just try to hit the right shots every time, added Smith when asked what is making him so mentally strong at present.  “Even if I’m uncomfortable, I know what the right shot is, and I’m committed to trying to hit that shot and that’s just a really good place to be in.”

Jason Day, playing the golf course at which he is a member, is at 1 over and in a share of 49th place while Cameron Davis, Adam Scott, Matt Jones and Lucas Herbert just made the cut at 2 over. at 2 over will also get to play the weekend.

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