Bubba Watson Leads Barclays Playoff Golf Event After Two Rounds

  • World No. 1 Jordan Spieth misses cut by five strokes
  • Top 100 finishers advance to Boston tournament next week

Bubba Watson has a one-shot lead over four players, including British Open champion Zach Johnson, after two rounds of golf’s Barclays tournament, the first event in the PGA Tour’s annual playoff series.

Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, missed the cut for weekend play by five shots. He finished the two rounds at 7 over par, 14 shots behind Watson.

Watson shot a 2 under 68 Friday at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey to bring his two-day score to 7 under. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, rookie Tony Finau, Johnson and 2013 PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner are a shot back at 6 under.

Spieth, the reigning Masters Tournament and U.S. Open champion, is the No. 1 player in both the world and FedExCup rankings.

The Barclays field includes 121 of the top 125 players in the season-long FedExCup rankings, with Rory McIlroy the highest-ranked player not in the field this week. McIlroy is No. 2 in the world behind Spieth and ninth in the playoff point standings.

After Plainfield, the top 100 in the FedExCup rankings qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston. The field is then cut to 70 for the third playoff event: the BMW Championship near Chicago. The top 30 players following the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where a $10 million bonus will be awarded.

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