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Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays


PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the only big prize left this year – a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup title.

Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays.

Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead, a group that includes British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy. The world’s No. 1 player, going after his fourth straight victory, shook off some rust on the range and was nine shots better than his opening round with a 65.

Scott won The Barclays a year ago at Liberty National, and it felt like a bonus in a year in which he won his first major at the Masters. He never had a serious chance at any of the majors this year, and he is looking at the FedEx Cup playoffs differently.

“There’s so much to play for, and for me to be satisfied with the year, I need four really great weeks,” Scott said.

Scott and Tringale were at 8-under 134. Kevin Chappell (67), Brendon Todd (69) and Jim Furyk (69) were one shot behind. The group two shots back included Henrik Stenson (64), Jason Day (64) and Ernie Els, who is playing his sixth straight tournament and shot a 68.

Some scorecards needed more than just numbers, starting with Phil Mickelson.

Lefty took a bogey on the “five-and-dime” fifth hole, thusly named because Byron Nelson always used a 5-iron and a wedge. Mickelson, like so many other players, tried to drive the green and took a wild detour. His shot bounced into the grandstand, behind a row of seats on the thin carpet of the hospitality area. Instead of dropping into deep grass, he chose to play it out of the bleachers, right next to a half-filled glass of beer on a table.

It went too long, over the green and into a bunker, though it gave the crowd a thrill.

“It wasn’t hard to make contact. It was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop,” Mickelson said.

He compared it with trying to hit a shot off the cart path, except the carpet “doesn’t scrape up your club as much.”

Mickelson birdied his last hole for a 72 to make the cut on the number.

Seung-yul Noh made a bogey by playing off the wrong green – except it turned into a triple bogey because he didn’t know that he wasn’t allowed to hit off the putting surface from a different hole. His tee shot on No. 11 was so far right that it landed on the third green. Noh took a divot off the green, and a rules official drove up and told him the rule, which comes with a two-shot penalty.

McIlroy kept his excitement to birdies. The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland said he took a week away from golf to celebrate his big summer – two majors and his first World Golf Championship – and paid for it with an opening 74. But the range session Thursday afternoon did wonders, and he went from below the cut line to within five shots of the lead.

He also made those “Freaky Friday” rounds that ruined so many tournaments a distant memory.

His last four second rounds have been 66, 64, 67 and 65. That’s more like “Fun Friday,” and they’ve put the No. 1 player back in the mix.

“It’s a very bunched leaderboard,” McIlroy said. “I’m still five shots behind, but there’s a lot of players between me and the leaders – obviously, a few quality guys at the top, Adam being one of them. So I’m going to have to shoot a couple of rounds similar to today to maybe win this thing.”

Scott was so clean from tee-to-green that he shot 65 and walked away lamenting a pedestrian effort with his putter. He missed six putts inside 12 feet and played the par 5s in 1 over. No wonder he called that “some of the best golf I’ve played all year.”

“It just wasn’t my day today on the greens,” he said.

The top 100 from the FedEx Cup advance to the second playoff event next week outside Boston, with the top 70 advancing to third event in Denver and the top 30 going to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship and a shot at the $10 million prize.

Lee Westwood kept his PGA Tour season going – barely. He shot a 73 and made the cut on the number at 1-over 143. Because 79 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut Saturday, only the second such cut in the playoffs since the new policy began in 2008.

Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays


PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Now that the majors are over, Adam Scott is going after the one big prize remaining this year – a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize.

Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round and finished with a tap-in birdie Friday for a 6-under 65 to share the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays.

Scott is the defending champion at the first FedEx Cup playoff event. He won last year at Liberty National.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy was nine shots better than his opening round, playing bogey-free for a 65. Not only did he make the cut, McIlroy suddenly is only five shots behind going into the weekend.

Phil Mickelson played a shot from the deck of a grandstand in a wild day that ended with a birdie to make the cut on the number.

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Brendon Todd is keeping his name on the leaderboard at The Barclays and in the conversation as a Ryder Cup pick.

Todd, who won his first PGA Tour event earlier this year at the Byron Nelson Championship, made birdie on his last hole Friday for a 2-under 69 to share the early 36-hole lead with Jim Furyk and Kevin Chappell.

Furyk had a 69 and Chappell played bogey-free for a 67 to join Todd at 7-under 135.

British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy played in the afternoon. He started Friday outside the cut line, though a 32 on the front nine at Ridgewood put him at even par for the tournament and moving in the right direction.

Todd remains a mystery to most fans. The 29-year-old Georgia grad had never qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs and had never played a major until this year. He was in the final group with Martin Kaymer on Saturday at the U.S. Open and shot 79. With seven top-10 finishes this year, he missed by three spots qualifying for the Ryder Cup team.

A big run in two FedEx Cup playoff events could help him before U.S. captain Tom Watson makes his three picks Sept. 2.

“Any time you’re in the conversation of a Ryder Cup or a Presidents Cup, I think that’s a huge honor,” Todd said. “I really think he’s going to pick guys who have good form and who have proved it all season long. I’m sure he’s going for some experience, too, if he can get it. But I feel like if you can just be the guy who is playing the best, you’re probably going to get a pick.”

Chappell shared the opening round lead at the PGA Championship and wound up in a tie for 13th. He played the tough middle stretch at Ridgewood in 2 under and kept bogeys off his card.

“Definitely carrying over some momentum from the PGA,” Chappell said.

Henrik Stenson, the defending FedEx Cup champion, went from no birdies Thursday to eight of them Friday for a tournament-best 64. He was one shot behind, along with Ernie Els, who had a 68.

Bo Van Pelt, who led after the first round, had a 71 and joined Els and Stenson at 6-under 136.

This is the first of four straight playoff events, with the fields reduced each week. Only the top 100 move on to the TPC Boston next week. Some players already were headed home for the offseason, with nowhere to play for five weeks.

That group included Robert Allenby, who narrowly got into the playoff at No. 125.

Lee Westwood had a 73 and was at 1-over 143, right on the bubble for making the cut. If he doesn’t qualify for the weekend, that will be his last event before European captain Paul McGinley makes his picks for the Ryder Cup. Westwood has been on every team since 1997.

With light rain overnight and cloud cover most of the day, scoring remained low for those able to keep it in play or, as Chappell said, those who could “clean up the garbage when I needed it.”

DIVOTS: Seung-yul Noh hit a drive on No. 11 that went so far right it landed on the third green. Noh didn’t realize he was supposed to take free relief off the putting surface. He took a divot from the green and was informed of a two-shot penalty. Workers had to repair the damage on the green. … Els, who earlier this year played seven straight weeks, is playing his sixth straight PGA Tour event at The Barclays. Els said he is working hard on new equipment, particularly the conventional putter, and needs to be tested in competition instead of in practice.