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Stadler Leads New Jersey’s Barclays PGA Tour Playoff Event

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Kevin Stadler holds a one-shot lead in the second round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s opening playoff-series event, where Tiger Woods trails by three strokes.

The first round of the Barclays tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, concluded this morning after play was delayed twice yesterday by thunderstorms. Of the 123 golfers in the field, 63 were unable to finish their first rounds due to six hours of weather delays.

With the final second-round group not scheduled to tee off until 4:39 p.m. New York time today, the opening 36 holes won’t be concluded until tomorrow morning. Woods, in a group with fellow Americans Matt Kuchar and defending FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, has a 4:06 p.m. tee time.

Stadler had a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 yesterday that left him one shot ahead of American Ryan Palmer, Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Camilo Villegas of Colombia. Villegas was 8 under yesterday before making back-to-back bogeys late in the round.

Kuchar finished his first round at 5 under along with Jason Day of Australia. Woods had a 4-under 67, which included birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.

British Open winner Phil Mickelson was among yesterday’s delayed afternoon starters and returned to the course this morning with 12 holes still to play. He bogeyed the 18th hole of his first round to be at even par, with four birdies and four bogeys. He remained at even par through nine holes of his second round.

Stadler’s Progress

Stadler, 33, made birdies on seven of the first 13 holes yesterday as he seeks to continue his upward swing at the Barclays, which rotates among a group of courses in New York and New Jersey. Stadler, who is winless in 230 PGA Tour starts, missed the cut for weekend play in his first four appearances at the tournament before tying for 64th in 2011 and finishing in a tie for 10th last year.

Woods, who’s won five PGA Tour events this season, leads the FedEx Cup point standings and won the season-ending title in 2007 and 2009.

The top 125 players in the standings qualified for the Barclays. Woods entered the tournament with a 766-point lead over Kuchar in the competition for the series title and its $10 million bonus.

The top 100 players on the points list following the Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. After that, the top 70 move on to the BMW Championship outside Chicago from Sept. 12 to 15.

The top 30 in the standings then compete for the FedEx Cup title and the $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship in Atlanta from Sept. 19 to 22.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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