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Spotlight on Nicklaus

Even after Jeff Sluman polished off his best round of the year, a 7-under-par 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Memorial, he was quick to ask the question on just about every player's mind yesterday.

What did Jack shoot?

In what might be his final PGA Tour event on American soil, Jack Nicklaus sent a fan to the hospital after hitting him with a tee shot, sent the gallery to its feet with back-to-back birdie putts inside 6 inches, and spent most of the gray, cool day at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, holding his own until three bogeys on the last four holes dropped him to a 75.

It was better than Vijay Singh (77), Davis Love (78), and Mike Weir (76), but still 10 shots behind Sluman.

Joe Ogilvie, invited by Nicklaus to take part in a junior clinic Wednesday, shot a 67 and during his interview quietly asked what Nicklaus shot. So did 24-year-old Adam Scott after bogeying the last hole for a 67, and three-time Memorial champion Tiger Woods after his bogey-free 69.

No one is more appreciative of the tournament host than Sluman, who was Nicklaus's assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two years ago. Sluman needed a sponsor's exemption to play in the Memorial. Equipped with a new putting grip he tried out of desperation, the 47-year-old Sluman took only 24 putts and had three birdies on the par 3s for a one-shot lead over Rory Sabbatini.

Twenty-eight players broke 70, and nine players were within two shots of the lead.

Men's NCAA Championship -- Georgia's Richard Scott shot a 1-under 69 and teammate Brendon Todd added a 70 in windy conditions to help the Bulldogs increase their lead over Tennessee to nine strokes after the second round of the Division 1 tournament in Owings Mills, Md.

Pepperdine's Michael Putnam topped the individual leaderboard, shooting his second straight 67 for a 6-under 134 total.

European -- Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 6-under 63 to share the first-round lead with five others on a short course at the Wales Open in Newport.

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