Dustin Johnson, Jason Day off to quick start at Memorial Tournament

Written By Alec Brzezinski
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Dustin Johnson and Jason Day took advantage of a wet and soft Muirfield Village on Thursday, as they shot up the leaderboard during the first round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. 

Day, a member at Muirfield Village, entered the week without a top-25 finish in the event. But he's on track to demolish that stat after firing a 6-under 66 on Thursday, spurred by an eagle on the par-5 15th.

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Despite the great opening round, Day could not catch up to Dustin Johnson, who shot an impressive 8-under 64 early in the morning. 

Johnson finished his round with a staggering 10 birdies opposed to just two bogeys. The long-hitting star is still searching for his first win this season, but he does have six top 10s already this year.

Rain sprinkled the course throughout the afternoon, but the thunderstorms threatening on the radar never disrupted play. The result was a number of low scores with the course playing softer than normal.

Last week's champion, Jordan Spieth, fired a 2-under 70 in the first round. Rory McIlroy only managed a 1-under 71 despite carding six birdies on the day.

Rickie Fowler was one of the few who struggled Thursday when he shot a 3-over 75 with just one birdie on the scorecard. He has stumbled a bit since losing his lead during the final round of the Wells Fargo in Charlotte.

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