Four Tied for Lead at Barclays Golf With Rory McIlroy Nine BackMichael Buteau
Americans Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Brendon Todd and Kevin Chappell share a one-shot lead during today’s second round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s opening playoff series event.
Rory McIlroy, golf’s No. 1-ranked player, trails by nine strokes at the Barclays event as he seeks his fourth straight tournament victory.
The four leaders are 6-under par overall at New Jersey’s Ridgewood Country Club. Tiger Woods isn’t in the tournament and won’t play the remainder of this season as he rehabilitates a back injury.
Hunter Mahan, Cameron Tringale and Charles Howell III are second at 5 under at the A.W. Tillinghast-designed course in Paramus, New Jersey. The club, which dates to 1890, hosted the Barclays in 2008 and 2010, the Ryder Cup matches in 1935 and once employed Byron Nelson as an assistant professional.
Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, who has won his past three tournaments, including the British Open and PGA Championship, hasn’t begun his second round. He started play yesterday on the course’s 10th hole and double-bogeyed the 12th to finish his opening nine at 4 over. After a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, he added another bogey three holes later before finishing his round with a birdie for a 3-over 74.
“A score like this would be tougher to take if I had not just come off the weeks that I had,” McIlroy told reporters. “But at the same time, I want to play well and I want to give myself chances to win tournaments. I’ll need to get off to a good start” in round two.
McIlroy entered the tournament with an 89-point lead over Jimmy Walker for the season-long FedEx Cup title and its $10 million bonus. Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson is third, 409 points behind McIlroy.
Phil Mickelson, who was runner-up to McIlroy at the PGA Championship, shot even-par 71 yesterday.
The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the Barclays, which rotates among a group of courses in New York and New Jersey.
The top 100 players on the points list following the Barclays qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. After that, the top 70 move on to the BMW Championship in Colorado from Sept. 4 to 7.
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. 11 to 14.