A day after posting his best round of the year, Woods shot a 2-over 73 today at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. Woods leads the tournament in driving accuracy (92.9%) but took 33 putts today, six more than yesterday.
Senden, an Australian, was at 8-under-par overall after birdies on five of his first 12 holes today. Taylor, an American, also was at 8 under. American Kevin Streelman and Australia’s Jason Day were a shot back at 7 under. There were 12 players between Woods and the leaders, including former major winners Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Angel Cabrera of Argentina.
Phil Mickelson, who has an endorsement agreement with tournament sponsor Barclays Plc, will likely miss the 36- hole cut. He’s at 4 over for the tournament after a 74 today. Only players at even-par or better are projected to advance to weekend play.
Needing an eagle on his final hole to have any chance of advancing, Mickelson recorded a double-bogey. The No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Mickelson could have surpassed Woods for the top spot with a victory this weekend.
“I didn’t drive the ball very well,” Mickelson told reporters. “I’m disappointed. I’ll try to get this thing worked out over the next five or six days.”
Woods had seven birdies and one bogey for a 6-under 65 yesterday, marking his lowest score of the year in his first event since announcing his divorce. It also marked Woods’s first score in the 60s in his past 12 rounds.
The Barclays is the first of four season-ending playoff events on the PGA Tour, the world’s richest golf circuit. The FedEx Cup winner, which will be determined at next month’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, receives a $10 million bonus. Woods has won the title two of the past three years.
He entered the tournament ranked 112th in the point standings and needs to finish between 50th and 57th at the Barclays to qualify for next week’s playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.