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Kuchar Leads U.S. PGA Tour’s Barclays Event, Woods Is Five Back

Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Matt Kuchar has a one-shot lead over fellow Americans Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland during the second round of the Barclays tournament, the opening event in the U.S. PGA Tour’s playoff series.

Kuchar had finished 13 holes and was at 10 under par when play was suspended last night by darkness. He will finish his second round this morning at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Simpson and Woodland already have finished their second rounds at 9-under 133. Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and Masters Tournament winner Adam Scott are through two rounds at 7-under 135, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is 7 under through 14 holes in his second round.

“It feels great to play good on a long day,” Simpson, who finished up 11 holes from the first round yesterday and then added 18 holes in the second round, said in a news conference. “When you’re playing well, you feel like could you play 40 holes in a day.”

Tiger Woods had three bogeys in a five-hole span during his round and was five shots off the lead at 5 under through 13 holes of the second round. He started the round late yesterday afternoon after the opening day was halted twice by thunderstorms.

Woods, who entered the tournament atop the season-long FedEx Cup points standings with five wins this season, was among 63 players who returned to the course yesterday morning to finish their first 18 holes.

“I got off to a great start today and then lost it the middle part of the round and made too many mistakes,” Woods told reporters. “Didn’t hit any greens. Consequently, made some bogeys.”

Playoff Format

British Open winner Phil Mickelson is at 2 under after rounds of 71 and 69. The left-hander returned to the course yesterday morning with 12 holes still to play.

“I’m hitting a lot more good shots and fewer bad shots, but I’m still not quite dialed in and the putter has been just a little bit off,” Mickelson said in a news conference.

The top 125 players in the standings qualified for the Barclays. 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.

Woods entered the Barclays tournament with a 766-point lead over Kuchar in the competition for the FedEx Cup title.

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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