AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
MEMPHIS: US Open champion Rory McIlroy fired a five-under 65 to seize a one-stroke lead at the $5.6 million St Jude Classic on Friday, snapping a string of three consecutive missed cuts. Jeff Maggert shot a two-under 68 to move into a share of second at six-under. Maggert shared the first-round lead with John Merrick. Maggert was joined in second by JB Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65). Merrick fired a one-under 69 and is in fifth place at five-under-par 135. He is tied with Chad Campbell (67) and Kevin Kisner (66).